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University of Sunderland

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson

Senior Vice President, Nissan

As Senior Vice President, Alan’s role involves overseeing manufacturing operations across the AMIEO region which includes manufacturing plants in UK, India, and South Africa, as well as managing the integration with marketing, sales and finance functions.

Alan joined Nissan's Sunderland plant in 1991 as a Graduate Engineer – Trim and Chassis. He was then promoted to Trim and Chassis Engineering Manager where he helped launch the next generation Micra and Almera.

After a few years, Alan spent time in Spain with assignments at Nissan's plants in Barcelona and Avila. This then resulted in Alan being promoted to General Manager Quality Assurance Engineering.

In 2009, he moved to Russia as Monozukuri (Japanese for manufacturing) leader, focusing on localisation of parts supply. Shortly after in 2011, Alan returned to the UK as General Manager NEPE and was involved in the successful launch of the LEAF, NOTE and Qashqai.

In 2015, he returned to Spain and a year later was promoted to Vice President of Nissan's Spanish Industrial Operations. In 2018, Alan then became Alliance Global Director of Production Engineering for AMI (Africa, Middle East, and India), based in the Renault Technology Centre in Paris. In May 2020, Alan returned to the UK, where he took up the role of Vice President, Manufacturing at Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK LTD.

During his time back at Sunderland Plant, he was involved in the EV36Zero announcement which will see a £1 billion investment in the plant which includes new electric vehicle; as well as the successful launch of the latest Qashqai, the Juke Hybrid and Qashqai e-POWER.

In April 2023, Alan was appointed Senior Vice President for Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for the Nissan AMIEO region.