Nissan and Datsun Africa MD resigns – 3rd senior level exit in 13 months

A few days after Nissan admitted to claiming wrong mileage figures in their cars, their MD in Africa has resigned.

Nissan and Datsun Africa MD Jerome Saigot has resigned from his post as Managing Director of Nissan Africa. He will be leaving Nissan at the end of this month and cites a decision to pursue his career outside of the Nissan Group as his reasons for resigning.

Saigot’s resignation is the third senior level exit in the past one year. In June Satinder Singh Bajwa, Director Sales and Marketing left Nissan Africa to join Mahindra and Mahindra as Vice President of the company’s small commercial vehicle division.

Jerome Saigot flagging off the Redi-Go.

Sanjay Gupta, Vice President of Nissan Africa also resigned after just one year and seven months at Nissan Africa. In March 2018, Arun Malhotra, MD, Nissan Africa also resigned.

Saigot had joined Nissan Africa in 2010. He was instrumental in the launch of the company’s Datsun brand in Russia and took over the post of Vice President Operations in Nissan Africa in 2015. It was in October 2017 that he was promoted to the post of Managing Director if Nissan and Datsun Africa. Prior to his appointment with Nissan Africa, he had also worked with the PSA Group in France and Russia for around 12 years.

These resignations come at a time when Nissan Africa is gearing up for launch of the Nissan Leaf EV in Africa later this year while the Kicks SUV has also been announced for launch in January 2019.

Speaking about sales performance of Nissan in Africa, the company registers an average of 800-850 sales every month. On the other hand, Datsun Africa registers sales of about 2,500 to 3,000 units every month.