News: Nissan Motor CIO to step down from his role


Nissan Motor CIO to step down from his role

Tony Thomas who joined Nissan Motors in October 2017 will be replaced by Japanese Yasunobu Matoba.
Nissan Motor CIO to step down from his role

Tony Thomas, CIO of Nissan Motors is stepping down from his position. His last working day is March 31, 2020. Yasunobu Matoba will be replacing Thomas as the new CIO.

The stepping down of Thomas is part of the change drive being undertaken by the automaker.

In a statement, the company said, “The changes are aimed to accelerate performance recovery and to further enhance and improve corporate governance and culture.”

Thomas joined in 2017 and during his stint with Nissan, he was responsible for managing all information systems, information technology, data & analytics and cybersecurity for all of Nissan brands of Nissan, Infiniti, and Datsun across the globe.

Prior to joining Nissan, he was the Group CIO at GE Global. Thomas has also worked with firms like Vodafone Idea, Citi, and EY.

A bachelor of technology, Thomas has close to 27 years of experience in IT and digital transformation. Tony was one of the key forces behind bringing the Global Digital Hub of the Nissan to Thiruvananthapuram. Following in the heels of Nissan, companies such as Tech Mahindra, Fujitsu, and Hitachi also made inroads into Kerala.

The automaker has been in the midst of senior management appointments after it has found itself in a downward spiral since the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn last year.  In December, it roped in Makoto Uchida  as its new chief. In addition, former Mitsubishi Motors Corp. COO Ashwani Gupta was appointed COO, and Jun Seki, who was Senior Vice-president at Nissan, was elevated to vice COO. Last month, the automaker posted its first quarterly net loss in nearly a decade and slashed its annual profit forecast. The challenges before the new management remain aplenty.

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Topics: C-Suite

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