Alfonso Albaisa

Senior Vice President

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Alfonso Albaisa is senior vice president for Global Design for Nissan Motor Corporation.

He is responsible for developing bold and expressive designs for both Nissan and INFINITI brands.

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 global 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 Design International (today’s Nissan Design America) in 1988 and held several senior design positions within Nissan. In 2004 he was named design director for Nissan Design America.

Between 2007 and 2010 he was a vice president at Nissan Design Europe. In 2012 Albaisa was appointed design director, leading global design strategy for Nissan.

Prior to becoming head of global design, Albaisa served as executive design director at INFINITI, leading the premium brand’s new design language. Since 2016, he also served as corporate vice president for Design Business Management and Strategic Design of Nissan Motor Corporation and was promoted to senior vice president in charge of Nissan Global Design in 2017.

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.


  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 Design America (A division of Nissan North America, Inc.)
  2007 VP, Nissan Design Europe Ltd.
  2005 Product chief designer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
  2004 Design director, Nissan Design America, Inc.
  2000 Associate design director, Nissan Design International, Inc. (Current: Nissan Design America)
  1988 Joined Nissan Design International, Inc. (Current: Nissan Design America)
As of May 2017