Women proves gender is not barrier to success at Nissan

To cel­e­brate Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Month and sup­port gen­der diver­si­ty in the auto­mo­tive indus­try, Nis­san SA is salut­ing female employ­ees occu­py­ing man­age­r­i­al posi­tions at its Ross­lyn plant, north of Pre­to­ria.

In the wake of the recent R3 bil­lion invest­ment into the Pre­to­ria plant to build the Nis­san Navara, women are at the helm of the project to make sure the com­pa­ny deliv­ers at the right time.

Nis­san South Africa por­trays the ladies as deter­mined work­ers, break­ing the auto indus­try dis­crim­i­na­to­ry con­straint with apti­tudes.

The women have accom­plished a 50/50 gen­der split at Ross­lyn Plant with the engi­neer­ing trainees tak­ing part in skills devel­op­ment pro­gramme.

While the auto­mo­bile indus­try is a male-dom­i­nat­ed sec­tor, Nis­san SA’s top women prove that gen­der is not a bar­ri­er to suc­cess.

The quick-wit­ted women include:

Chantelle Mashego: Senior Man­ag­er respon­si­ble for deliv­er­ing the local­ly pro­duced Nis­san Navara.

She has been at Nis­san for 11 years and under­stands the com­plex­i­ties of build­ing a vehi­cle.

“I’ve worked hard to grow through the ranks from a con­tract­ed engi­neer to hold­ing roles in vehi­cle qual­i­ty, parts qual­i­ty and   more.     In that time, I’ve also held inter­na­tion­al roles includ­ing a stint at Nis­san Spain, return­ing to South Africa with new skills and expe­ri­ence,” said Mashego.

Meli­cia Bala: Nis­san South Africa’s act­ing Human Resources Lead. She ensures the com­pa­ny recruits only the best tal­ent to build the lat­est ver­sion of the Nis­san Navara.

“At Nis­san South Africa, we strive to be an employ­er of choice in the auto­mo­tive indus­try and attract and retain the best tal­ent in the indus­try. “When we grow, the sec­tor grows,” said Bala.

Liz Gor­bunov:Gen­er­al Man­ag­er: Chief Mar­ket­ing Man­ag­er, Light Com­mer­cial Vehi­cles and Sporty Util­i­ty Vehi­cles at Nis­san South Africa.

“As suc­cess­ful female exec­u­tives, respon­si­ble to empow­er oth­er women, to men­tor, encour­age and engage with them about our learn­ings over years, “said Gor­bunov.

Lizette Crause: Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of Cus­tomer Qual­i­ty and Deal­er Net­work Devel­op­ment at Nis­san South Africa.

Lizette is respon­si­ble for the deal­er net­work, includ­ing ensur­ing prof­itabil­i­ty, returns, and cus­tomer qual­i­ty and peo­ple devel­op at the deal­er­ships.

To make sure that Nis­san ful­fils its man­date to enhanc­ing their pres­ence in the SSA mar­kets, Crause over­sees the part­ner and net­work strat­e­gy to deliv­er excit­ing and diverse cus­tomer expe­ri­ence to secure Nissan’s sus­tain­able growth in Africa.


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