Japanese automobile manufacturer, Nissan, has promoted divisional GM of global communications, Lavanya Wadgaonkar as its VP of global communications. In her new role, Wadgaonkar will be responsible for leading all of Nissan’s communications including building the company’s reputation globally, engaging internal and external audiences, and driving sustainability communications.
As VP of global communications, Wadgaonkar will continue to report to Sadayuki Hamaguchi, Nissan’s corporate VP of global communications.
Wadgaonkar brings more than 27 years of experience specializing in strategic communications, public affairs, brand management, marketing, and sustainability. Previously as divisional GM of global communications, Wadgaonkar led and developed the communications and external and government affairs functions for Nissan Asia and Oceania.
Prior to joining Nissan in 2012, Wadgaonkar worked at the Eaton Corporation as its GM and head for marketing and public affairs, said her LinkedIn. She spent five years in the company, based in India. Before Eaton Corporation, Wadgaonkar helmed the marketing communications manager position at Lexmark International.
Aside from its communications team, Nissan has also adjustments in its management team by appointing Matthew Hobbs as its VP for external and government affairs in March 2020. Based in Melbourne, Hobbs reports to Yutaka Sanada, regional senior vice president, Asia and Oceania at Nissan.
In his role, Hobbs replaces Wadgaonkar and is responsible for further strengthening government and stakeholder relations for Nissan across Asia and Oceania.