Nissan Crisis Deepens As Top American Exec Jose Munoz Resigns Amid Ghosn Drama

Nissan’s chief performance officer Jose Munoz has reportedly resigned from the company, after taking a leave of absence a week ago in order to focus on special tasks relating to the ongoing probe of ex-CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Automotive News obtained a message sent by Munoz to colleagues, where it said that he had decided to leave the company following “some period of serious contemplation.” He will continue helping Nissan with its investigation.

“Unfortunately, Nissan is currently involved in matters that have and will continue to divert its focus,” Munoz said in his message. “As I have repeatedly and recently made clear to the company, I look forward to continuing to assist Nissan in its investigations.”

The new developments indicate that the Ghosn scandal is now spreading to Nissan’s worldwide operations. Munoz was one of the top executives at Nissan and was considered not just a close ally of Ghosn but also the successor to the current CEO Hiroto Saikawa.

Last Saturday, Nissan said that Munoz has taken a leave of absence “to allow him to assist the company by concentrating on special tasks arising from recent events.” This resulted into canceling his planned appearance at the CES in Las Vegas.

Munoz has been leading the company’s North America operations since 2014, driving Nissan’s US sales to new highs.


  • Liam Paul

    lol better be careful if they ask you to fly over to japan

    • SgtBeavis

      That thought occurred to me to. I used to live in Japan and I’ve always known, you don’t screw with the police of there. You’ll disappear for months before they’ll even let your family know they’ve got you. The only exception is US Military stationed over there.

      • Six_Tymes

        take the dirt bag scum off the streets, then there is less crime, better lives for good folks

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Are you an advocate of If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear?

  • Axel Cortez

    What might be happening at nissan-renault…

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Olympus, Toshiba, Takata, Kobe Steel and Nissan have had their fair share of corporate scandals.

    Japanese can’t be trusted.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Haha! I just heard
      Olympus, Toshiba, Takata, Kobe Steel and Nissan. Japan, your companies have taken a hell of a beating!

  • blunt-o

    Japanese govmnt and Nissan MO is appearing deceitful, unfair, cruel, and maybe even racist.
    And the purchase of the next Nissan is becoming less and less attractive.
    The Japanese don’t seem to have learned much from the US legal system, maybe it’s time for a crash course for the judges.

  • SteersUright

    As a professional in the anti financial crime world, it’s heartwarming to see that nobody is above the law. That said, the impetus for so suddenly going after him seems a bit odd. Either way, if he committed the crime(s) he should be as severely punished as any normal person without his wealth and access to lawyers might be.

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