Chandra Vasser
(courtesy image)

People On the Move: Chandra Vasser, New Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for Nissan Americas

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Nissan Americas named Chandra Vasser, a 17-year veteran of the company, as the car manufacturer’s first-ever Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.

“In this newly created role, Vasser will drive Nissan’s strategy to expand diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across business functions in the Americas region, while developing partnerships and plans to share the company’s DEI commitment with employees, customers and the community,” the company said in a statement.

Jérémie Papin, chairperson of Nissan Americas, praised Vasser for her long work history with the company and the expertise she will bring to her new role.

“Taking actions to strengthen our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is a critical part of the culture change that we’ve committed to with our Nissan NEXT transformation,” Papin said. “Chandra brings great experience to the role and will drive how we value equity and inclusion with all of our stakeholders, including employees, customers, dealers and suppliers.”

Prior to her new appointment, Vasser previously served as a director of finance for several sales and marketing functions within Nissan’s U.S. business operations.

“Among her roles, she currently is a member of Nissan’s Diversity Advisory Council, and she previously worked as director of purchasing for several functional areas, which included leadership of supplier diversity,” the company said.

Vasser earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tennessee State University and then an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Most recently, Vasser also completed the McKinsey Academy’s Black Executive Leadership Program.

Related: For more recent diversity and inclusion news, click here.

Latest News

Questlove plays a DJ set at DiversityInc's 2022 Top 50 event.

Photo Gallery: 2022 Top 50 Event

Accenture earns No. 1 spot on the Top 50 List, Hilton joins Hall of Fame. Expert panels and presentations cover the event’s theme of “ESG: Climate and Culture at Risk”. State Street execs share how they ranked for the first time. Cutting edge research from the Wharton School is presented…

Dr. Sally Saba

DiversityInc 2022 Top 50 Event: A New Landscape = New Opportunity: Shaping Corporate Standards of Excellence for ID&E Management

The role of an inclusion, diversity and equity practitioner has completely evolved, and all eyes are on the corporate community as it navigates its approach. Dr. Sally Saba, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at Medtronic, spoke about working together to shape the next generation’s standards during her Top50Talk “A New…

5 Biggest News Stories of the Week: May 5

As the saying goes, the news never stops — but there’s a lot of it out there, and all of it doesn’t always pertain to our readers. In this weekly news roundup, we’ll cover the top news stories that matter most to our diversity focused audience. 1. The Impact Overturning…