- Title: Profile of Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa as he admits to receiving improper payment
- Date: 6th September 2019
- Summary: Saikawa announced a revamped version of its Leaf electric vehicle (EV) on September 6 in 2017, going head-to-head with Tesla Inc.'s, Model 3 and beating off criticism that a limited driving range will dull its mass-market appeal. CHIBA, JAPAN (FILE - SEPTEMBER 6, 2017) (REUTERS) SAIKAWA WALKING ONTO STAGE SAIKAWA SPEAKING ON STAGE VARIOUS OF SAIKAWA AND OTHER OFFICIALS POSING IN FRONT OF THE CAR ON STAGE
- Embargoed: 20th September 2019 05:21
- Keywords: Nissan Motor Co Chief Hiroto Saikawa CEO Carlos Ghosn misconduct Japan
- Location: YOKOHAMA AND TOKYO AND YOKOSUKA AND CHIBA, JAPAN
- City: YOKOHAMA AND TOKYO AND YOKOSUKA AND CHIBA, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Company News Markets,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA002AVIPTMV
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- Story Text: Nissan Motor Co Ltd is not currently considering asking embattled Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa to resign now, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday (September 6), a day after he admitted to being overpaid in violation of internal procedures.
An internal investigation found that Saikawa and other executives had received improper compensation, raising doubts about Saikawa's pledge to improve governance in the wake of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn's arrest last year for alleged financial misconduct.
Saikawa on Thursday (September 5) admitted to misconduct involving stock-related compensation and told reporters that he planned to return the portion he had wrongfully received.
The company has been trying to strengthen governance, slash costs and boost flagging profitability amid persistent allegations of financial misconduct stemming from Ghosn's 20-year reign at Japan's second-biggest automaker.
Ghosn is awaiting trial in Japan over charges including enriching himself at a cost of $5 million to Nissan. Kyodo reported that proceedings could start as early as March.
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