Hiroto Saikawa's brief tenure as Nissan's boss was marked by fitful policy shifts and unprecedented scandal. His successor has a daunting to-do list and a difficult choice in staying the course or trying to chart a new trajectory.
Nissan says it has winnowed the field of candidates for its next CEO from some 100 people in July to just 10 today. The task of picking a replacement for outgoing boss Hiroto Saikawa is complicated by the exodus of talent in the wake of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn's arrest last year.
Christina Murray, an American lawyer promoted to vice president of internal audit and compliance in April, was spearheading a companywide probe into misconduct following the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn last November on charges of financial wrongdoing.
The Japanese stylist responsible for Infiniti's QX Inspiration and Prototype 10 concept vehicles, Taisuke Nakamura, will be the premium brand's new global design chief, following the departure of current head Karim Habib in the latest executive shuffle at the struggling marque.