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Nissan Savior Ghosn Hands Keys to New CEO to Focus on Alliance

  • Saikawa becomes sole CEO as U.S. sales incentives zap profits
  • Ghosn to focus on broad strategy, Mitsubishi Motors comeback
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Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn Sees Another Record Year in 2017

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Carlos Ghosn, one of the auto industry’s most celebrated turnaround artists, is relinquishing his CEO role at Nissan Motor Co. and turning over day-to-day control to Hiroto Saikawa as he focuses on strengthening the carmaker’s alliance with Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

The move caught some observers by surprise. Only last October, Nissan elevated Saikawa to the co-CEO position along side Ghosn. However, the strategic challenges facing Nissan and its French alliance partner Renault have prompted the 62-year-old executive to step back.