Nissan today announced that, effective May 1, Richard Latek is named regional vice president, Midwest region, Nissan Sales Division, and Walter Burchfield is appointed director, Business Planning, Parts Service.

In his new assignment, Latek will report to Al Castignetti, vice president, Nissan Sales Division, Nissan North America, and be responsible for Nissan vehicle sales, customer satisfaction and market presence in a region that covers Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Kentucky, West Virginia, Missouri and Pennsylvania. Since joining the company in 1990, Latek has grown his career through assignments in sales and marketing, most recently as director, chief marketing manager for Nissan, with oversight for the brands Quest, Juke, Sentra, Versa and cube models. He has a bachelors degree from Ohio University.

Latek succeeds Burchfield, who will oversee future product and program development, strategy, organizational development, along with financial controls, for the companys aftersales business. He will report to John Spoon, vice president, Parts Service. Burchfield came to Nissan in 2007 after nearly 20 years at General Motors, where his responsibilities included sales and marketing, as well as assignments with the companys captive finance arm, GMAC. He earned a bachelors degree in business from Northwood University in Midland, Mich.

The selection of Rich and Wally for these roles showcases the strength of our sales and marketing leadership team, said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales Marketing, Nissan North America. Richs depth of experience, dealer relationships and command of the Nissan brand make him the perfect choice to head our Midwest sales operations, and Wally brings the skills and management capability we need to sustain growth and performance across our U.S. parts business.

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Paula Angelo
Nissan Americas
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