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.