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Nissan COO to Head Electric Car Unit as Leaf Sales Trail Target

Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s second-largest automaker, put its electric-vehicle business under the direct supervision of the chief operating officer after sales of the Leaf missed the company’s expectations.

Toshiyuki Shiga will oversee zero emission vehicle strategy and the battery business starting April 1, Nissan said in an e-mail. Hideaki Watanabe, corporate vice president at the electric car division, was moved to supplier Calsonic Kansei Corp., where he will be senior vice president.