Kunio Nakaguro is senior vice president, Research & Development (R&D) for Nissan North America, a position to which he was appointed in February 2014. He also is corporate vice president, Research & Development, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
In North America, Nakaguro reports to José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and also chairman, Management Committee – Nissan North America.
Nakaguro is responsible for all of Nissan's vehicle engineering and development operations in North America.
Nakaguro joined Nissan in 1987 and has held a variety of positions in engineering and product development around the world. From 2004 to 2008, Nakaguro was a director at Nissan Technical Center North America. In 2009 he was named senior vice president in charge of R&D and Total Customer Satisfaction at Nissan Technical Center - Europe. In 2013, he was appointed corporate vice president, Research Center.
Nakaguro holds a degree from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University in Japan. He is based at Nissan Technical Center North America in Farmington Hills, Mich.
(Updated March 2014)