SMYRNA, TN – When John Miller speaks of hybrids, he’s not referring to cars. The former Honda of America Mfg. Inc. executive left the auto maker at the start of the decade to take a job outside the industry, only to return four years later to take charge of Nissan North America Inc.’s purchasing operations. Today, he is trying to steer his new employer toward best practices – meaning the best Japan has to offer – in managing quality and dealing with suppliers. Teaming with Doug Betts, ...

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