Infiniti Prez Krueger Takes a Walk, Christian Meunier Steps In

infiniti prez krueger takes a walk christian meunier steps in

Nissan’s Infiniti division has a new president. Announced Tuesday, Infiniti marketing and sales boss Christian Meunier will take the helm of the automaker’s luxury arm, replacing a departing Roland Krueger, who led the brand since 2015.

The change at the top is effective immediately, as Kruger apparently left in quite a hurry “to pursue new opportunities,” Nissan said in a statement.

In addition to serving as President, Meunier will also wear the chairman’s hat on Infiniti’s management committee. Prior to today, Meunier occupied the post of global division vice president of global marketing and sales operations. Past years saw the exec serve as senior VP for Nissan sales and marketing and operations at Nissan North America, and as president of Nissan Canada. Meunier joined the company in 2002, working for Nissan Europe.

Prior to his entry into the Nissan family, Meunier held positions at Ford, Rover, and Mercedes-Benz.

“Christian Meunier brings a record of success to this role, in addition to continuity based on his current global marketing and sales leadership position at INFINITI,” said Nissan CEO and President Hiroto Saikawa in a statement. “We are fortunate to welcome him to this new challenge.”

Saikawa also provided kind words for the departing Krueger, who’ll likely wash up on the shores of another automaker in short order. The ex-president previously served as a senior VP at BMW Group. Before that, Krueger held posts at Daimler and Mitsubishi.

“Roland Krueger’s contributions over the last four years steered INFINITI through an important period of growth,” Saikawa said. “We thank him and wish him well in his future pursuits.”

The Infiniti brand finds itself at the beginning of a transition to strictly electrified models, with numerous concepts appearing over the past year. Hell, even the past week. Besides introducing the industry’s first variable compression engine in the 2019 QX50, this past year also brought hints that the brand will soon field Nissan’s unusual, Japanese-market e-Power hybrid powertrain.

Despite a year-over-year sales increase of 10.3 percent in December, Infiniti’s 2018 U.S. volume fell below 2017’s figure by 2.7 percent.

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  • Cdotson Cdotson on Jan 09, 2019

    I wonder if we'll see Mr. Krueger show up in a new position quickly or if it will take a while. I think it will take a while for him to find a spot. He left quickly because he deduced that the Nissan C-suite is no longer a hospitable place for the gaijin.

  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Jan 09, 2019

    It hurts me to see Infiniti in such a place. There's a lot they need to do though: - Q50/Q70 crossover analogues - Engine alignment across platforms (i.e. all RWD vehicles should have 2.0T and 3.0TTs, 2.0T should be the Nissan one) - More hybrids - EV flagship Would be nice if they made the Red Sport more serious too. Why hasn't Nissan applied its DCT learnings from the GT-R to anything else? RS seems like an obvious candidate. Needs an LSD and more tire as well. Would be good if they paired the 2.0T with a hybrid system... the old hybrid with the 3.5 skewed too far towards power rather than efficiency.

  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.