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Shiro Nakamura, chief creative officer at Nissan, has retired as part of a sweeping set of boardroom changes at the Japanese automaker, including the departure of CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Nakamura joined Nissan in 1999 from Isuzu, where he helped bring the VehiCross into production. He was lured across by the company’s newly installed CEO, Carlos Ghosn, who had a wide remit to turn around the then struggling car maker.

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Above: 2003 Nissan 350Z Roadster.

He was immediately appointed as the company’s head of design, and given the task of transforming Nissan range of predominately boxy, bland and uninspiring vehicles.

His design revolution at the company began to bear production fruit in 2002 when the company launched the bold 350Z and the first-generation Murano crossover.

Other cutting edge designs penned under his watch include the Cube, Leaf, GT-R, Juke, and Infiniti FX.

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Above: 2006 Nissan Cube.

At age 66, Nakamura will leave his role as senior vice president and chief of design for the Nissan Motor Company on March 31. He will be replaced in those positions by Alfonso Albaisa, who is currently head of design for the company’s luxury marque, Infiniti.

Taking over Albaisa’s old seat at Infiniti will be Karim Habib, who was the chief designer for BMW between 2012 and 2017.

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