Mitsuhiko Yamashita was appointed Executive Vice-President of Nissan Motor Company and Member of the Board of Directors in 2005. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Kyoto University and studied Advanced Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He began his career in Nissan Motor Company in 1979 and in 1996 was transferred to Nissan Research and Development in USA. He became Senior Manager of the Vehicle Design Engineering Department and was later promoted to General Manager.
In 2002 he was transferred to Nissan Technical Centre North America. He was Senior Vice-President in charge of Environmental and Safety Engineering, Technology Planning, Materials Engineering, Measurement Engineering, Advanced Vehicle Engineering and Electronics Engineering.