Hiroto Saikawa will assume the position of Nissan Chief Executive Officer as of 1 April 2017, replacing Carlos Ghosn who remains as Chairman of the Board. As Chairman of all three Alliance companies, and as Chief Executive Officer of the Renault Group, Mr. Ghosn concentrate on the expansion of the Alliance, as its Chairman and CEO. This planned management shift follows Ghosn’s recent expansion of the Renault-Nissan Alliance to include Mitsubishi Motors, which positions the Alliance among the top automotive groups in terms of scale. (Ghosn Defends Mitsubishi Bailout in Face of Criticism, Nissan Buys 37% of Scandal-Beset Mitsubishi Motors for $2.2B, Renault-Nissan Alliance buy ativan from india Sells 9.6 Million Vehicles in 2016)
Mr. Saikawa currently serves as Nissan’s co-CEO and a representative director. Between April 2013 and October 2016, he was Nissan’s Chief Competitive Officer. Mr. Saikawa joined Nissan in 1977, and since 1999 he has served in a variety of senior management positions, including Chairman of the Management Committees of the Americas and Europe, as well as the Executive Vice President of Purchasing.
In addition to his responsibilities at Nissan, Mr. Saikawa is the current Chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). He previously served as a member of the board of directors of Renault between 2006 and 2016.