Nissan has confirmed a shakeup in its motorsport leadership, with Takao Katagiri having been named the new President and CEO of NISMO and Michael Carcamo (pictured above) promoted to global motorsports director.
Katagiri, who was formerly the Executive Vice President, Chairman of Management Committee for the Japan, Asia and Oceania regions of Nissan, will concurrently serve as the President and CEO of Autech Japan and the Head of Head of NISMO Business Office.
He replaces outgoing NISMO President/CEO Shoichi Miyatani, who had been one of the leaders of the Japanese manufacturer’s LMP1 effort.
Carcamo, who was brought into restructure the now-defunct LMP1 program last year, will now oversee all of Nissan’s global motorsports efforts.
“The ability to run successful programs around the world is derived from some of the same philosophy of the entire brand,” Carcamo said in a Nissan Q&A on Facebook.
“It’s massively important for us to be able to demonstrate that capability around the world. You have to remember, each of the championships is different.”
Nissan will be represented in multiple sports car racing championships this year, including the Blancpain GT Series, which kicks off this weekend at Misano, as well as engine supplies in the LMP2 and LMP3 classes of the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series.