NISSAN boss Trevor Mann is celebrating after he was granted the Freedom of Sunderland.
The car giant’s executive vice-president was recognised for his “enormous contribution” to the city’s economy.
Sunderland City Council members this week voted to confer Honorary Freedom to Mann, who joined the company in 1985 as a team leader in the workforce which launched car manufacturing in the North East.
Now based at Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, his rise to the top has coincided with Nissan Sunderland’s growth into the biggest UK car plant of all time and the company gaining a record market share in Europe.
Mann, who was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2012 New Year’s Honours List for his Services to Business in North East England, 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.
“The honour is a reflection of the many achievements of our UK plant and a mutually supportive partnership spanning three decades between Nissan and Sunderland City Council.
“Of course, none of Nissan Sunderland plant’s success would have been possible without the dedication and contribution of my colleagues at the plant, so I would like to thank them all for their hard work and outstanding performance over many years.”
Two other notable figures chosen to become Freemen at the meeting were Joël Batteux OBE, Mayor of Sunderland’s twin town of St Nazaire; and Sunderland football legend, Niall Quinn MBE.