There are some big news from the strong ties of Nissan and Mitsubishi, particularly in terms of executive reshuffling.
Mitsubishi Motors is getting a new COO, he is the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance Senior Vice President for LCV (light commercial vehicles) Business Ashwani Gupta.
Nissan North America Chairman Denis Le Vot, meanwhile steps in as Alliance SVP to take over the LCV Business unit.
Trevor Mann is “leaving” his post in Mitsubishi Motors as COO.
Mann is a Nissan veteran of over three decades having joined them in 1985 and handling various positions until his appointment as Chief Performance Officer in 2014 under Carlos Ghosn. He was handpicked by Ghosn as COO for Mitsubishi Motors after Nissan acquired a 34% stake in October of 2016.
Chief Product Officer Vincent Cobee has also “quit”, he was another Nissan executive (Global Head of Datsun) prior to his assignment to Mitsubishi Motors post-takeover.
An official statement from Nissan would confirm that would not be returning to work with the alliance as well. “We thank them for their contribution to Nissan and wish them the best in their future endeavors.”
The movement comes after Nissan, Renault, and Mitsubishi Motors decided to renew their alliance in time for its 20th anniversary. The statement below would explain the seemingly sudden executive movement.
"We want to recreate the spirit of the Alliance to the way it was at the very beginning. That is an Alliance that is based on the total balance and fast decision-making process totally respectful of the cultures of our companies, respectful of our brands," said Jean-Dominique Senard, Chairman of the Alliance and Renault.
Earlier this year, Jose Muñoz, considered a Ghosn ally, who was Nissan’s Chief Performance officer also quit following Ghosn’s arrest in November.