Former BMW Exec Roland Krüger To Head Infiniti

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After the sudden exit of Johan de Nysschen from the top role at Infiniti back in July, the Japanese luxury automaker has now announced that Roland Krüger will be its new president. Like de Nysschen, who previously worked for Audi, Krüger also comes to Infiniti from one of Germany’s major luxury automakers, in this case BMW.

Krüger, a German national, first joined BMW in 1998. In 2008 he was appointed the head of the automaker’s Japanese unit and just last year he was promoted to the head of operations for all of Asia.

Krüger’s background is in design, having graduated from the University of Applied Science in Munich with a degree in Industrial Design. Prior to joining BMW he worked in design departments at Daimler and Mitsubishi.

At Infiniti, Krüger will be based at the automaker’s headquarters in Hong Kong and report to Renault Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn. One of his first major tasks will be to present Infiniti’s flagship-previewing Q80 Inspiration concept at next month’s 2014 Paris Auto Show.

"Roland Krüger has a consistent record of high performance in the premium automotive sector," Ghosn said in a statement. "He brings unique leadership skills that will accelerate Infiniti's progress in the global premium market."

Note, Renault Nissan still has an opening for executive vice president of Nissan. The role was left open after long-time employee Andy Palmer quit to run Aston Martin.

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