Nissan CEO Wants To Repair Relationship With Renault

Despite proposed governance changes and growing tensions, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa is willing to extend Renault an olive branch in order to fix their relationship.

During an interview with the Financial Times, Saikawa said that Nissan must “make our peace” with Renault and that the two automotive giants need to “stabilize and reinforce” their partnership. “This is the most important thing,” he added.

Insiders have already noted a “marked deterioration” in the day-to-day functioning and co-operation of the alliance, citing sources from both automakers. Meanwhile, Saikawa stated that the recent trouble had also affected staff across the group.

Whether this recent truce will hold remains to be seen, considering that it was Saikawa himself who criticized Renault’s plan to block Nissan’s board reforms, reports Autonews Europe.

Yet, during the previously-mentioned interview, the Nissan CEO described the alliance between his company and Renault as a “cradle” for co-operation and value creation. “I am quite convinced we need to work it out, and we will,” he added.

Also read: Nissan Re-Appoints Hiroto Saikawa As CEO In Revamped Board

It’s been reported that Nissan’s reluctance to endorse the Renault-FCA alliance was partially to blame for its failure, which is why Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard may have sent a letter threatening to block Nissan’s plans to overhaul its governance structure.

“Overall it is a mess, and just makes a tricky situation worse,” said Janet Lewis, an analyst with Macquarie Capital in Tokyo. “Senard’s threat to abstain on the corporate governance reform is very negative for the alliance.”

According to a person familiar with the matter, Senard’s letter to Nissan stated that Renault wants better representation within the former’s plan to set up three committees on nominations, remuneration and auditing. However, this so-called three board level system “should not serve as a tool directed or used against Nissan’s largest shareholder,” said the letter.

Nissan shareholders are to meet on June 25 to vote on the structure.

  • Able

    Renault: support our merger with FCA and it’s all good!

  • Liam Paul

    Nissan is a joke

  • Mr. EP9

    Much like the merger with Renault, it ain’t happening.

  • Giannis Antypas

    Nissan CEO to Renault:
    there is a new bully in the block,
    surrender to our tems or else..

  • Sovereignty

    Damage is done. The Japanese have proven they are untrustworthy.

  • ThatGuy

    What i dont understand is Nissan wants to play hard but cannot afford to buy their stake back.
    Renault would sell it back, but since Nissan cant afford it, another Manu will do it.
    Sell their stake to Geely Renault

  • Alduin

    How about leaving Renault and taking Mitsubishi with you? Nissan is retarded.

    • Leconte Dave

      They will leave but not with Mitsubishi

  • Andrew Ngo

    Nissan’s Top Executives should go to jail.

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