At home Nissan continues to manage the fallout from the Ghosn arrest, but remains committed to digital ambitions as it opens first global technology centre in India. 

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Tony Thomas, Nissan CIO (far left), joins local dignitaries at the opening of the new Nissan digital hub in Trivandrum.

The company opened the first of a planned rollout of software and information technology development centres across Asia, Europe North America and Latin America. These centres will drive digital transformation for Nissan’s business by putting digital technology at the heart of key operations and services, the company said in a press release.

The company chose India’s growing tech hub in Trivandrum, Kerala as the site for the first centre. The city is already home to tech giants Oracle Corporation,  Allianz Technology, Envestnet, Tata Consultancy Services (part of the Tata industrial group that own Jaguar Land Rover), Infosys and Quest Global. 

“We are excited to accomplish this key milestone in the journey of Nissan Digital,” said Tony Thomas, CIO at Nissan, “This hub in India will serve as an important engine to drive Nissan’s global digital transformation and we already have some of the finest technology talent driving outcomes to serve our customers around the world better.” 

The centre will develop Nissan’s capabilities in data science, cyber security and connectivity, according to the company. India and Japan deepened technology partnership agreements during a state visit to Japan by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October. Both countries are looking at ways to counter the growing economic might of China in the region.

India is now the world’s fifth largest producer of automobiles and the sector accounts around 6.5% of the country’s GDP.