Nissan’s new No 3 resigns less than a month into role

Nissan’s new No 3 resigns less than a month into role

There seems to be no respite for Nissan. The beleagured Japanese automaker, reeling from the loss of two top officials in the course of less than 12 months, had in October announced a new management system to turn the company around and steer it back on course.

A committee consisting of outside directors appointed a trio of executives for the new system – Makoto Uchida as CEO, Ashwani Gupta from Mitsubishi as COO, and Jun Seki as vice-COO. While Uchida was the replacement for former CEO Hiroto Saikawa, who stepped down in September, the latter duo were introduced into a new leadership system designed to divide power and prevent the CEO from obtaining authoritarian status, as former chairman Carlos Ghosn had done.

Now, Seki, who assumed his new role at the beginning of December, has announced his resignation, less than a month in. According to the Asahi Shimbun and Nikkei, the 58-year-old is expected to leave Nissan and take up the post of president at Nidec, a Kyoto-based manufacturer of automotive components, in February. Nissan has reportedly said it has not decided who will replace Seki.

Nissan’s new No 3 resigns less than a month into role

Seki, who has been in Nissan since 1986 and the only one of the three to have worked his way up the company, is highly regarded for his manufacturing experience and deep knowledge of the American and Chinese markets.

He was instrumental in crafting the company’s rebuilding plan that announced in July, compiling measures to streamline the automaker’s manufacturing bases and reduce the workforce. His departure to Nidec is quite the blow for Nissan, and will undoubtedly delay the automaker’s improvement plan and road to recovery.

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Comments

  • He went up, see what kind of shit scapegoat role Nissan wants him to be, see that authoritiy is in the hands of some cabal group of Nissan execs (that career assasinated Ghosn), then decided he don’t deserve that fallguy role, and left. Kudos to him, he still has integrity unlike Nissan.

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    • Celup King on Dec 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      Nissan branding is going down hard. Not only passenger car sales have fallen across their brands but even UD Trucks (that was previously under Nissan) had to be sold off to Isuzu because their brand name turned rotten. Nissan name cannot be saved anymore. Time to close the company.

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    • Chavez on Dec 27, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      Kudos to him, promotion naik Nidec president. This Nidec biz competitor of Proton own subsidiary, Proton Power Systems PLC specialized in fuel cell hybrid sistem. All da best.

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  • tricycle on Dec 26, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    opportunity for DRB exec to join mighty Nissan?

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  • vivizurianti on Dec 26, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Come join and work for Malaysia company. We got flying car!. Best Nissan cars pun kalah dengan Malaysia Flying Car.

    Benefits? Lots of allowance, lots of public holidays and plenty of teh-tarik session for starter.

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  • khalid on Dec 26, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Carlos curse – when a man who bring profit to company be treated as no 1 crime

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    • Manifesto Dicapati on Dec 27, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      Here we call it Najib curse. The same reasons applies.

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  • just hire me ^^

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  • Tan Chong exec can join?

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    • TC should be worried they dont lose their Malaysian franchise as they did in Vietnam. Such kemaluan besar TC and the nons that run it.

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