Nissan Motor Corp has announced the appointment of Taisuke Nakamura as Head of Infiniti Design, effective September 1, 2019. Nakamura, who reports to Alfonso Albaisa, SVP Nissan Global Design, has served as Program Design Director of Infiniti and contributed to Infiniti design since 2018. Nakamura will replace current Infiniti head of design Karim Habib, who is leaving the company to join Kia Motors.
Taisuke Nakamura is currently Infiniti’s Program Design Director, responsible for global design strategy, and concept car and production vehicle design. He will now step into a new (and long overdue — Ed. ) global leadership role and continue to shape the brand’s electrified journey.
“As a key member of our global design organization, Karim was a key collaborator and leader helping Nissan Motors shape the electrification of Infiniti,” Albaisa said in a statement. “In addition to his work on Infiniti, he was a key member of Global Design’s Management Committee as we incorporated new technologies, new processes and new directions for Nissan and Infiniti.
“As a deeply valued member of our family, we wish him continued success, happiness and all the best as he seeks new inspiration and achievements outside of Nissan.”
Nakamura joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in 1993 after graduating from Kyoto City University of Arts with a BA in Product Design. He has worked on many Nissan and Infiniti vehicles and was a design manager at Nissan Design Europe in London. He is responsible for the design of iconic EV concepts such as Infiniti QX Inspiration, Prototype 10 and Qs Inspiration, among many other vehicles.
We wish Nakamura all the best in his new role.