Nissan names new chief information officer

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TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co. is getting a new chief information officer to oversee the Japanese carmaker’s digital and information technology.

Anthony Thomas will join Nissan as corporate vice president and CIO in charge of Global IS/IT Nissan as of Oct. 23. Nissan tapped Thomas from GE Global, a branch of GE Digital that handles a range of services that help companies harness big data and the Internet.

In his new role, Thomas will run a wide range of programs, including management of digital service venders and cyber security, the automaker said in a statement Thursday.

Nissan is among the carmakers tackling cloud computing and the internet of things to develop new revenue streams from connected cars and better coordinate its far-flung global operations.

Before GE Global, Thomas worked for Vodafone India, financial group Citi and Ernst & Young. Thomas fills a role left vacant by Celso Guiotoko, who served as CIO until March and then became a statutory auditor at the carmaker.

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