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Nissan appoints Jesse Verstraete as Vice President of Communications for Europe

Nissan appoints Jesse Verstraete as Vice President of Communications for Europe

PARIS (June 26, 2018) – Nissan in Europe today announced that Jesse Verstraete has been appointed Vice President of Communications. In his new role, Verstraete will be responsible for leading Nissan’s communications function, providing strategic counsel and support to the company’s senior leadership. In this position he will oversee consumer, corporate, and internal communications, as well as CSR for Nissan in Europe. He will lead a team of over 80 communications professionals in 20 countries, including Russia and will manage the relationship with external communications agencies Edelman and WRG. Verstraete will report directly to Nissan Europe Chairman, Gianluca de Ficchy.

Verstraete joined Nissan as General Manager Corporate Communications and CSR in June 2017, and has since been responsible for crisis and issues, executive, internal and manufacturing communications in the European region.               

“As our industry and company transform, communications and modern storytelling will be key to achieving our strategic goals in Europe,” said de Ficchy.  “I am delighted to welcome Jesse as our new communications leader and I am confident that his experience and strong international profile will help us in taking the Nissan Europe communications function to the next level.”

Before joining Nissan, Verstraete was with Microsoft where he held several positions, most recently as Corporate Communications Director for Microsoft Asia and EU Communications lead, in charge of Microsoft’s European antitrust, public policy and CSR communications. Prior to that he was EMEA Communications Manager at Boeing, running communications for the aerospace and defense leader for EU/NATO and across Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.

Verstraete holds a Master’s degree in European Public Relations from Leeds Becket University, UK. He will continue to be based at Nissan’s European headquarters outside Paris and succeeds Stuart Jackson, who will leave the company in July 2018 to take up a new external opportunity.

About Nissan in Europe

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 660,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan is leading the field with its vision of Intelligent Mobility. Designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.

About Nissan in the UK

  • Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Juke, Infiniti Q30 and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF
  • Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
  • Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than 9 million units with 80 per cent of production exported to over 100 markets worldwide
  • Total investment made and announced since then is over £4.0 billion
  • 495,645 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2017
  • Employment in Nissan’s UK design studio (Paddington, London), technical centre (Cranfield Bedfordshire), manufacturing plant (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear) and sales and marketing operations (Maple Cross, Hertfordshire) now totals more than 8,000.
  • A further 28,000 jobs in Nissan’s UK supply chain and 4,000 in its UK dealer network takes the total British jobs supported by Nissan to more than 40,000


Nissan People, Special Announcements, Corporate

Media Contacts

David Jackson
Communications Director
Phone: 01923 899933
Mobile: 07966 878665
Dominic Vizor
Product Communications & Special Projects Manager
Phone: 01923 899938
Mobile: 07580 999016
Martin Bayntun
Corporate Communications Manager
Phone: 01923 899932
Mobile: 07989 666412