Nissan on recovery path, incoming CEO Uchida tells employees

By REUTERS | 18 October 2019

Uchida whips up employee morale, telling them today that Nissan is on the road to recovery. — Reuters

BEIJING: Nissan Motor Co’s incoming chief executive Makoto Uchida told employees in a video message on its internal website today that his mission is to “restore business performance and regain trust in Nissan,” according to a transcript of the message viewed by Reuters.

“Nissan is on the right path for recovery... although it might be a gradual process,” Uchida said.

Named CEO earlier this month, Uchida is expected to formally take up the post by Jan 1, 2020.

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

He will be joined by Mitsubishi Motors executive Ashwani Gupta, who was named as chief operating officer. Former China chief Jun Seki, who was widely seen as one of the top contenders for the CEO job, will be vice COO, the company said.

The three will take the helm of a company that has been shaken by turmoil following the downfall of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn last year and the departure of former CEO Hiroto Saikawwa