Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. (NMIPL) has appointed Naraayan Kannan as Director Communications, effective February 6th, 2023. This new hire is expected to be an integral part of the Management Committee (MC) for India, responsible for managing internal and external communications, public relations, and strengthening Nissan’s brand image in India.
Who is Naraayan Kannan?
Naraayan Kannan is a seasoned professional with almost two decades of experience in strategic communications, public relations, crisis management, government affairs, brand partnership launches, celebrity, and business advisory. Prior to joining Nissan Motor India, he was the Executive Vice President and SBU Head of Corporate, Crisis & Advocacy at Concept Public Relations India, where he built the auto and corporate SBU. He has also worked with organizations such as SRT Sports Management (The Sachin Tendulkar Home Office), Adfactors PR, Reliance Industries, and was formerly the head of communications at METRO Cash & Carry India.
Naraayan’s Educational Background
Naraayan comes to Nissan Motor India with a diverse educational background, starting with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations, a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Tasmania (Australia), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Defence & Foreign Affairs from the Takshashila Institution. He has also completed two management development programs each, in Corporate Social Responsibility from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) and in Leadership from Indian School of Business (ISB).
In his new role as Director Communications, Naraayan will report to Frank Torres, President Nissan India Operations, and Katherine Zachary, Region Vice President – AMIEO Communications. He will work closely with the Nissan Leadership Team, including the managing directors of Nissan India entities, and be based in Gurgaon, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. (NMIPL’s) headquarters.
What Does Naraayan’s Role Entail?
As Director Communications, Naraayan’s responsibilities will include managing internal and external communications, public relations, and playing an important part in strengthening Nissan’s brand image in India. He is expected to deliver communications strategies to accelerate Nissan India’s transformation, while deploying a robust strategic communications program for India.
What Does Nissan India Have to Say About the Appointment?
Rakesh Srivastava, MD, Nissan Motor India, commented on the new hire, stating
“We are pleased to welcome Naraayan to the Nissan India family. Backed by his extensive experience in public relations, public advocacy, and government affairs, Naraayan will play an important role in delivering communications strategies to accelerate Nissan India’s transformation. We are extremely confident that his expertise and in-depth knowledge of communications and prior experience with the brand will help further drive the communication priorities of Nissan India.”
Nissan Motor India’s appointment of Naraayan Kannan as Director Communications is a significant move that is expected to contribute to the strengthening of Nissan’s brand image in India. Naraayan’s extensive experience in strategic communications, public relations, crisis management, government affairs, brand partnership launches, celebrity, and business advisory makes him a valuable asset to Nissan Motor India’s Management Committee. His expertise and in-depth knowledge of communications are expected to help drive the communication priorities of Nissan India.
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