A NISSAN boss is set to receive the Freedom of Sunderland this week.
Trevor Mann, CBE, now executive vice-president of the car giant, was based for the most part at the Sunderland plant, as he rose through the ranks after joining the company in 1985.
He has been nominated for the honour in recognition of the example of achievement he sets to the city’s young people, and his personal contribution to the “economic well-being of the city and people of Sunderland”.
Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “Trevor’s qualities and competence have been recognised beyond the industry. The city and the region as a whole owe a lot to this man who has lead on many a historic motoring moment, and has been instrumental in the creation of thousands of jobs, not only directly but in its supply chain and the service industries also.
“The freedom formally seals the relationships between Mr Mann and Sunderland and recognises his contribution to the wellbeing and community spirit of the city.”
Mr Mann was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2012 New Year’s Honours List for his Services to Business in North East England.
He said: “I am deeply proud to be conferred with the Honorary Freedom of the City of Sunderland, where I enjoyed living and working for many happy and fulfilling years.
“Of course, none of Nissan Sunderland plant’s success would have been possible without my colleagues at the plant.”