Seki Seen as Most Prospective as Next Nissan Chief: Report

Economy

Paris/New York, Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)--Nissan Motor Co. <7201> Senior Vice President Jun Seki is seen as the most prospective candidate to succeed Hiroto Saikawa as the Japanese automaker's next chief, French business magazine Challenges reported Thursday.

Saikawa stepped down as president and chief executive officer of Nissan over a pay scandal.

According to Challenges, informed sources said that France's Renault SA, an alliance partner and the top shareholder of Nissan, is wary of 58-year-old Seki's possible appointment as Nissan's new head, as it sees him as a nationalist who defends Japan and the Japanese automaker, following a stance taken by Saikawa.

Sources close to Jean-Dominique Senard, chairman of Renault, told Challenges that the French automaker sees removing Seki and nominating a person with an open personality as its first priority.

According to the magazine, Nissan Senior Vice President Makoto Uchida, 53, who heads Dongfeng Motor Co., a Nissan joint venture in China, is also among those seen as possible candidates succeeding Saikawa.

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