GARDENA, CA—Scott Vazin will replace Kurt von Zumwalt as director of product public relations at Nissan North America as the automaker makes several personnel changes to its corporate communications team prior to relocating its national headquarters to Nashville next month.
Von Zumwalt, a 13-year veteran at Nissan, will retire December 1. Vazin returns to North America after a two-year assignment at Nissan’s European headquarters in Paris. He joined Nissan in 1996 and was director of corporate communications prior to his European assignment. In his new role, Vazin will oversee all Nissan and Infiniti model PR launch events, lifestyle PR, media websites, national press fleet and auto show activities.
John Schilling has been named senior manager of product PR for Nissan, replacing Tim Gallagher who becomes senior manager of western region PR, based in Southern California. Also joining the product PR team is Darryll Harrison as planner, reporting to Schilling and Terri Hines, who moves from the corporate to the product PR team as senior manager, marketing and lifestyle communications.
Joining the corporate team are Stephanie Valdez Streaty, senior manager of philanthropy and diversity communications and Kiho Ohga, manager of corporate and CEO communications, who joins from Nissan in Japan.