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Nissan Motor picks Makoto Uchida as CEO, Ashwani Gupta as COO: Report

The India-born Gupta is currently COO of alliance junior partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

Maki Shiraki & Gilles Guillaume | Reuters  |  TOKYO/PARIS 

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A car with the Nissan logo badge is seen on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, US | Photo: Reuters

The board of Motor Co has picked Senior Vice President Makoto Uchida as its next chief executive and Ashwani Gupta as its chief operating officer, two sources said on Tuesday, following a board meeting of the scandal-hit automaker.

Directors at Nissan, including those from top shareholder Renault SA, voted unanimously in favour of the two executives, one of the sources said. Both of the sources spoke on condition of anonymity.

No one was immediately available for comment at The automaker was due to hold a conference at 1130 GMT.

The decision, earlier reported by the Nikkei newspaper, comes after months of turmoil at Japan's second-largest automaker following the downfall of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn last year and the departure of former CEO Hiroto Saikawa last month.

Ghosn is awaiting trial in Tokyo on financial misconduct charges that he denies.

Saikawa was forced to step down after he admitted to being improperly overpaid.

The internal strife also has implications for Nissan's often difficult relationship with Renault

Uchida was not seen as one of the frontrunners in the race to be the next chief executive, Reuters has reported.

The India-born Gupta is currently COO of alliance junior partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

First Published: Tue, October 08 2019. 17:00 IST
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