SAE 2014 North American International Powertrain Conference

September 17-19, 2014

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Westin Chicago River North Hotel

Toshihiro Hirai

Toshihiro Hirai Toshihiro Hirai is the Corporate Vice President / Alliance Global Director for Powertrain Engineering Division in Nissan Motor Company / Renault SA.

Hirai is responsible for the corporative management for Powertrain Engineering organization of all Gasoline, Diesel, Hybrid and Drivetrain in Nissan / Renault and Alliance.

Prior to this position, Hirai was Program Director for Infiniti, and Nissan - C segment vehicles for the last 4 years responsible for vehicle program management incl. profit and entire business related for all the Infiniti vehicle program and Nissan X-Trail, Quash-Qai and Serena.

Most of all the period of time in Nissan before the Program Director Position, Hirai was in Product Engineering organization. Hirai is proven as a highly experienced global Engineering leader starting the career as a Powertrain engineer at Nissan.

As of 1993, Hirai gained international experience from an assignment at the company's European engineering center in Canfield, UK, where expanded into overseas product engineering for Nissan Europe Products.

Upon its return to Japan in 1996, Hirai was named Chief Powertrain Engineer for a joint Nissan - Renault common engine program.

Hirai subsequently held a number of senior leadership positions in Engineering and Program Management such as General Manager, Powertrain Program Director;

Hirai is a Japanese citizen and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from WASEDA University in Japan.
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