Alfonso Albaisa

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Alfonso Albaisa is Senior Vice President for Global Design for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (NML).

He is responsible for developing bold and expressive designs for all brands of NML including Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun.

He is leading global design teams to reinforce a common essence across all models within each brand and deliver inspiring and exciting designs for customers.

Under Albaisa’s leadership, Global Nissan Design members are evolving new design language giving shape of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies to customers around the world. He oversees Nissan design bases in all Nissan`s Design Studios to ensure that NML’s designs are relevant to different markets.

Albaisa is Cuban-American who takes a multicultural approach to design. He has spent his entire Career at Nissan, where he has risen to become one of the leading automotive designers in the industry. He began his carrier at Nissan North America in 1988 and held several senior Design positions within Nissan. In 2004 he was named Design Director NISSAN North America.

Between 2007 and 2010 he was a Vice President at Nissan Design Europe Ltd. In 2012 Albaisa was appointed Design Director, leading global design strategy for Nissan.

Prior to becoming NML’s head of global design, Albaisa served as Executive Design of Director at Infiniti, leading the premium brand’s new design language. Since 2016, he also served as NML’s Corporate Vice President for Design Business Management / Strategic Design, and the Global Design Center.

Albaisa graduated from Pratt Institute in New York in 1988 and attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.

He enjoys spending time with his family and sailing on the open ocean.

Albaisa speaks English and Spanish.


Updated: May 2017

Date of birth: October, 1964


  1988 Graduated from Pratt Institute in New York


Career Profile

Apr 2017 Senior Vice President, Global Design, Nissan Motor Co,Ltd.
Apr 2016 Corporate Vice President,
Design Business Management/
Strategic Design, Global Design Center,
Executive Design Director, Infiniti, Nissan Motor Co,Ltd.
  2014 Executive Design Director, Infiniti, Nissan Motor Co,Ltd.
Apr 2012 Design Director, Global design strategy, Nissan Motor Co,Ltd.
  2010 VP, Nissan North America Inc. (Nissan Design America)
  2007 VP, Nissan Design Europe Ltd.
  2005 Product Chief Designer, Nissan Motor Co,Ltd.
  2004 Design Director, Nissan North America Inc. (Nissan Design America)
  2000 Associate Design Director,Nissan North America Inc. (Nissan Design America)
  1988 Joined Nissan North America Inc.


As of April 1, 2017

Issued by Nissan