Nissan North American Design Head to Retire

Bruce Campbell, who helped transform Nissan into one of the hippest and most forward-thinking car companies, is retiring as the manufacturer’s top American designer at the end of March, according to Automotive News.

Campbell led the San Diego-based studio that redesigned the 370Z, taking it from a low-tech model to a sleek, state-of-the-art car that earned respect from sports car lovers around the world. Campbell, 57, also led work on the Xterra, Altima and Maxima product lines.

Nissan will replace Campbell with a familiar name. Alfonso Albaisa, vice president of Nissan Design Europe, will replace Campbell as vice president of Nissan Design America. Albaisa worked with Campbell on several projects, including the designs of the Altima, Maxima and Rogue, and moved on to head Nissan’s European design team in 2007.

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