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Nissan Announces Manufacturing Leadership Changes


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NASHVILLE, TN--May 3, 2013:  Nissan today announced that Dan Bednarzyk, currently vice president of the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi, is named to the newly created position of vice president, Total Delivered Cost, effective May 13.

In this role, Bednarzyk will lead Nissan's efforts to maximize the company's total delivered cost efficiency across all model lines produced in North and South America. Bednarzyk will focus on lowering total manufacturing costs including those associated with raw material, purchased parts, fixed and variable labor, logistics and general administration. 

"Dan's extensive experience in manufacturing and his successful leadership of the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant will help him drive total delivered cost improvements across all our manufacturing operations," said Bill Krueger, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Production Engineering and Supply Chain Management.

Bednarzyk joined Nissan in 1985 in Manufacturing Engineering and has since held a number of positions including engineering, trim/chassis, body, stamping and maintenance as well as a foreign service assignment with Nissan in Japan. Bednarzyk holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Tech University and an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University.

David Aldana, currently director of Nissan's manufacturing facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico, will replace Bednarzyk as vice president, Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant.

"David has played a key role in accelerating Nissan's manufacturing growth in his nearly 30-year career with the company," said Krueger. "David's strong leadership qualities and attention to quality will be vital as the plant in Canton ramps up production of new models to the line."

Aldana joined Nissan in 1985 as deputy general manager at the Nissan Civac Plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and has since held a number of manufacturing management positions in Mexico and the U.S. Aldana holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from National Polytechnic Institute.

Aldana's replacement will be named at a later date.