JAPAN: Alan Buddendeck, global VP of corporate communications for Nissan, resigned, effective December 31. He joined the company's Tennessee headquarters in 2008 as VP of corporate communications for Nissan Americas. Nine months in, he relocated to Japan to assume the role of corporate VP of global communications, brand communications, and CSR for Nissan worldwide.
"I had joined Nissan for two primary reasons – the opportunity to work for Carlos Ghosn, a giant and living legend in the global automotive industry, and the opportunity to be a part of something truly radical and transformative. Of course, that 'something truly radical and transformative' was the launch of Nissan LEAF," he told PRWeek via e-mail. "Both primary objectives for joining Nissan have been achieved."
He explained that he had considered a “re-up” for year three of a “2+1 year” contract, but he said, "I wanted to be closer to home and be more involved with the people who are in my life."
He recently relocated to East Grand Rapids, MI and claimed that he's "in no hurry to rush into something right away." However, he added that he's in early-stage explorations with various companies.
"I am getting settled back into the rhythm of life here in the United States," he said.
Nissan did not immediately respond to an inquiry about a replacement.
The company also recently announced that Gina Pasco, GM of global corporate and internal communications, will move from Japan to Tennessee to replace Paula Angelo. Angelo was promoted to director of corporate communications for Nissan Americas. David Reuter was also promoted to VP of corporate communications effective January 1, from senior director, Nissan Americas. Angelo reports to Reuter.