YOKOHAMA, JAPAN: Nissan’s Japan-based VP of global communications Jeff Kuhlman has stepped down to return to the US for family reasons.
Jonathan Adashek will be appointed global VP of communications and CCO effective September 30, moving from Seattle to be based at the automaker’s headquarters in Yokohama, Japan.
Adashek will lead corporate communications, product communications, and internal communications.
Kuhlman posted to his Facebook page that he is "homeward bound after four years of working and living in Japan, most of the time as a ‘married bachelor.’"
He added that he is "returning to the US" and "looking forward to the next adventure, which includes a new professional challenge, as well as being at home with the family for Thanksgiving, seeing the Rocky Mountains again, and watching football games in the right time zone."
Auto sector veteran Kuhlman joined Nissan in 2011, having previously served as CCO at Audi of America from 2006. Prior to that, he spent 22 years at General Motors in several positions, ending up as director of communications for GM of America marketing and brand issues.
He added on Facebook: "I’ll miss [Nissan] and the many friends and professional acquaintances that Karey and I made while living in Japan."
Adashek had been at Microsoft since 2012 and brings over 20 years of communications and political experience to Nissan. Prior to Microsoft, he was EVP, global client relationship manager at Edelman.
He also has experience advising government officials in thought leadership, transitional change, and strategy building spanning from the United States Treasury Department to the '04 Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign. He began his career at the White House, in the Office of the Staff Secretary.