Chris Reed

  • Regional Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Nissan Technical Center North America


Chris Reed is regional senior vice president, Research and Development, Nissan Americas. He was appointed to this position in April 2019. In this role, he is responsible for all vehicle engineering and development operations for Nissan Americas.

Previously, Reed was vice president, Platform and Technology Engineering, where he was responsible for Powertrain, Electrical, and Audio/IT engineering groups. He also served as the Overseas Chief Vehicle Engineer (OCVE) for Nissan LEAF, Murano and Pathfinder as well as the INFINITI QX60, at NTCNA.

Reed joined Nissan North America in 1988 as an entry-level engineer in the body design group. From 2011 to 2013, he worked in safety and then exterior/accessories while being OCVE of trucks. He also spent more than two years in Japan to help lead development on an all-new Nissan Murano. From 1999 to 2007, Reed was self-employed as a home builder and ran a small automotive parts supplier.

Reed holds a mechanical engineering degree from Virginia Tech.

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