Nissan names executive Uchida as next CEO, Gupta as COO

Marco Green
October 8, 2019

No one was immediately available for comment at Nissan. "Ltd" class="local_link" >Nissan Motor has appointed the head of its China operations Senior Vice President Makoto Uchida, 53, as its new CEO, the Nikkei learned on Tuesday. Both of the sources spoke on condition of anonymity.

The appointment comes after the resignation of former CEO Hiroto Saikawa last month.

How the 58-year-old Uchida will turn the company around - particularly its business in the United States - and fix ties with Renault will now be a focus for investors. The automaker was due to hold a news conference at 1130 GMT.

Gupta is from India and has worked for Nissan since joining Renault.

In picking Uchida, the board of Japan's second-largest carmaker selected an executive who was not seen as a top contender in recent weeks.

The new appointees will take up their positions by January 1. "Very direct in his language, to the point, easy to understand".

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

The Japanese automaker's board of directors has chosen China head Makoto Uchida as its new chief executive, effective no later than January 1, 2020.

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