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.

2020 GMC Sierra HD Has Brains, Brawn And 15 Cameras That Let You See Through Its Trailer

The new 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty is bigger and bolder than ever.

Ford GT Lays Waste To Dodge Demon In 1/2 Mile Drag Race

The Dodge Challenger Demon has almost 200 more horsepower than the Ford GT – but it’s not enough.

This 1962 Corvette Restomod Will Cost You A Pretty Penny

It’s up for sale on eBay and, given its price, we’re curious to see if it’ll find a new owner.

Tesla’s China Edition Model 3 Performance Has A Special Set Of Wheels

Tesla Model 3 Performance owners in China have exclusive wheels to enjoy.

Lamborghini Urus Raises The Bar For What A Super SUV Can Do

The performance on tap is pretty extraordinary, and the Urus won’t mind you taking it off road, either.

Grab These ‘VETTE C8’ California Plates For Your Mid-Engine 2020 Corvette

We don’t expect these perfect C8 Corvette plates to stick around for long.

FCA To Launch Car-Sharing And Subscription Pilot Program In Boston

Participants will be permitted to change vehicles up to six times during the three-month trial period.

One-Off Toyota Supra’s Phantom Grey Paint NOT BMW’s Frozen Grey

Despite looking similar, Toyota told us the color is unique to Supra and “not shared with any BMWs”.

One-Off Ferrari SP30 Is Looking For A New Home… Again

The one-off supercar has just 65 miles on the odo and will be auctioned off by RMSothebys next month.

James May Buys The Best Car He Drove In 2018, Reveals He’d Consider New Supra – And More

Captain Slow reveals what he’d drive for the rest of his life and answers others questions, too.