TOKYO - Nissan Motor Co. COO Carlos Ghosn does not expect to have to use layoffs to reach his target of cutting 21,000 jobs.
'We have a high turnover now within the company,' which should allow Nissan to reach its headcount-reduction targets without firing anyone, Ghosn said.
For example, he said that Nissan's dealer network in Japan has an annual turnover among its personnel of 9 percent. Despite plans to cut 6,500 jobs at Nissan's Japanese dealerships by March 2003, the carmaker still will have to hire new dealership workers to stay ahead of the turnover, Ghosn said.
The new hires will be on part-time or flex-time contracts, he said.
Ghosn's remarks came in an interview last week with Automotive News. Excerpts will be published next week as part of series of question-and-answer sessions with top auto executives worldwide.