Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa was asked by the board on Monday to step down by Sept. 16. He’ll be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Yasuhiro Yamauchi until a permanent replacement is named by the end of October.
With Saikawa felled by a scandal over excess pay, the Japanese automaker finds itself in familiar territory, facing questions over its corporate governance and an uncertain future. In the months since Ghosn — the auto titan who ruled over Nissan for two decades — was arrested for allegedly under-reporting his own compensation and misappropriating funds, Nissan has struggled to bounce back.
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