INTERNATIONAL: Morton departs Michelin for Nissan North America

South Carolina: Michelin’s US communications department suffered a major setback last week with the resignation of vice-president of PR and government affairs Jim Morton, after 24 years.

South Carolina: Michelin’s US communications department suffered a

major setback last week with the resignation of vice-president of PR and

government affairs Jim Morton, after 24 years.



Morton leaves the world’s third-largest tyre manufacturer next month to

join Nissan North America as senior vice-president in charge of

administration and finance.



Michelin is filling the post by promoting US PR director Michael

Fanning.



He joined the company last April from insurance and broadcasting company

Liberty where, as vice-president of corporate communications, he oversaw

corporate, financial, employee and marketing communications.



’Jim being tapped by Nissan for such an important post is a recognition

of his outstanding capabilities,’ said Fanning, who is hoping to fill

the vacant PR director post immediately and is considering internal and

external candidates.



One factor behind Morton’s decision to change jobs was the chance to

rejoin his former boss, Carlos Ghosn, who served as chairman and chief

executive of Michelin North America before becoming chief operating

officer of Nissan in 1996. Morton will oversee human resources and

finance as well as communications.



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