NASHVILLE, TN—Nissan North America has made changes to its corporate communications staff to strengthen manufacturing and marketing communications, including the appointment of Vicki Smith as senior manager of manufacturing communications with supervisory responsibilities for communications activities at Nissan’s vehicle assembly plants in Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss., and its powertrain plant in Decherd, Tenn. She will report to Fred Standish, director of corporate communications.
Kathryn Fields has joined the communications staff as manager of lifestyle PR, responsible for media relations regarding marketing and advertising initiatives and coordination of activities between the communications and marketing departments. She was previously part of the Nissan advanced product planning staff. She reports to Scott Vazin, Director, Product and Consumer PR.
Brian Brockman has joined as communications manager, Midwest, based at the Nissan Technical Center in Farmington Hills, Mich. His duties include media relations throughout the Midwest, regional support for product launches and corporate activities in the region. Prior to joining Nissan, he worked for Hass, MS&L on the General Motors business, reporting to Katherine Zachary, manager of corporate and regional communications, along with Julie Lawless who will be based in Nashville and focused primarily on media relations and product and corporate activities in the Southeast region.
Finally, Josh Clifton has joined the communications staff as specialist, Infiniti product communications, responsible for new Infiniti vehicle launches, ongoing communications for Infiniti products currently in the market, and planning for future Infiniti products destined for the U.S. market.