Name: Simon Thomas
Company: Nissan Europe
Job: Vice President sales operations Nissan Europe
How did you get in to the automotive business?
I joined a Ford dealership as an apprentice technician in 1976.
What does your job entail?
From April 1 I’ll be responsible for Nissan vehicle sales, vehicle distribution and network development in 30 countries.
How will your job change over the next few years?
Companies are consolidating operations across country boundaries – separate operations in every country is now too inefficient. Also, the green movement is now an economic reality all of us have to deal with, or suffer the business consequences.
Serving in a Greek restaurant and Chinese takeaway at 15-16.
What advice would you give to young people joining the industry?
Work hard like you own it!
What’s the worst career move you’ve ever made?
Resigning from the Chinese takeaway, I missed out on free meals from that point.
And the best?
Leaving Rover to join Nissan. I’m truly sad about Rover’s demise, but I’m proud of Nissan’s rise.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Alive and well with my family.
Sleepers – scary!
California, Santa Monica beach.
Close Encounters and Crash.
Eighties stuff, such as UB40
Nissan Qashqai – can’t have one as we’ve sold everything.
My two teenage children.