GHOSN’S CLOSE ALLY RE­SIGNS

Cape Times - - WORLD -

ONE OF NIS­SAN Mo­tor Co’s top ex­ec­u­tives has re­signed, fur­ther rat­tling the Ja­pa­nese car­maker’s man­age­ment team as it broad­ens an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ousted chair­per­son Car­los Ghosn’s al­leged fi­nan­cial mis­con­duct. Jose Munoz, widely con­sid­ered as a close ally to Ghosn and a pos­si­ble suc­ces­sor to lead the car­mak­ing part­ner­ship be­tween Nis­san and France’s Re­nault, had been a “per­son of in­ter­est” in Nis­san’s widen­ing in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The 53-year-old, who was Nis­san’s chief per­for­mance of­fi­cer and head of its China op­er­a­tions, made the an­nounce­ment in a LinkedIn post on Fri­day. Nis­san said Munoz had “elected to re­sign” from the com­pany, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately. He be­comes the lat­est ex­ec­u­tive ca­su­alty since Nis­san re­moved Ghosn as chair­per­son and fired rep­re­sen­ta­tive di­rec­tor Greg Kelly. The res­ig­na­tion deals an­other blow to the Ja­pa­nese car­maker which is grap­pling with the scan­dal at a time when it is strug­gling to shore up profitabil­ity in the US and ex­pand in China.

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