What would be your definition of a cosmopolitan?
I think it probably is a mindset more than just having experiences. Experiences help to build that, but I have met people in my career who lived throughout the world and are still very close-minded, something I would call a compound mentality. People who go to different countries and cultures and work there but they then sort of recreate their own country and culture around them. I think it is therefore not necessarily driven by how much people travel, but it is rather a mindset.
Simon Sproule has been Renault Nissan alliance’s director, communications since September 2009. He joined the alliance after a brief stint as corporate vice president corporate communications for Microsoft. Previously, from 2004 to 2009, Sproule was corporate vice president global communications for Japanese car manufacturer Nissan. Prior to joining Nissan, he held a variety of positions with Ford, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover in both North America and Europe. In 2004, he was recognised by the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit as one of their four Young Leaders of the Year. Sproule holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of London’s King’s College. From August 2001, Sproule served as the vice president, communications and corporate affairs for Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover North America.