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MessaggioInviato: lun set 09, 2019 1:57 pm 
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Seccato Saikawa a fine mese.


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MessaggioInviato: lun set 09, 2019 2:14 pm 
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Nissan's chairman of the board said CEO Hiroto Saikawa will step down this month and that Nissan Chief Operating Officer Yasuhiro Yamauchi will serve as acting CEO while the company seeks a full-time boss.

The chairman, Yasushi Kimura, said Saikawa will step down effective Sept. 16 and that the company hopes to make a decision on his successor by the end of October.

Kimura's comments came as the company's board outlined the findings of an internal investigation into the misconduct that led to the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn and left Japan's second-largest automaker beset in turmoil.

Saikawa had recently indicated a willingness to resign, and the board unanimously felt it was better to act on the matter immediately, Kimura said at a hastily called late-night press conference at Nissan's global headquarters here south of Tokyo.

"We felt immediate action would be appropriate," Kimura said.

Nissan has a short list of 10 possible successors, including at least one woman, a non-Japanese and one person with experience at French alliance partner Renault, said Masakazu Toyoda, chair of Nissan's recently created nomination committee.

The list was narrowed down from about 100 candidates over the course of the summer. The selection process began in July, Toyoda said.

Saikawa, 65, had come under increasing pressure to step down amid fresh revelations he exercised a stock-linked compensation scheme to boost his payout by nearly $500,000.

In June, Nissan shareholders approved Saikawa's reappointment to the board, despite growing controversy about his oversight during the time of Ghosn's alleged misdeeds.

Saikawa served as co-CEO with Ghosn, 65, during a one-year transition before taking control as solo CEO in 2017. But since then, Saikawa's tenure has only been besieged by scandal.

The first crisis erupted in late 2017, when Nissan disclosed it had been conducting faulty final inspections of vehicles at assembly plants throughout Japan.

That triggered the recall more than 1.2 million vehicles in Japan, a call back of virtually every passenger car the company produced for sale in Japan over the previous three years.

More inspection misconduct was uncovered in 2018, and then came Ghosn's arrest.

After Ghosn's takedown, Saikawa was among his harshest critics.

Saikawa's initial denunciations were all the more shocking in Japan, because he was long seen as Ghosn right-hand man.

Ghosn parachuted into Nissan as the Renault-installed "Cost Cutter" to revive the struggling Japanese automaker through fiscal discipline.

But it was Saikawa who won Ghosn's trust as the enforcer who helped break the Nissan keiretsu of affiliated suppliers in the early days of the Nissan revival plan. And later, as Nissan's veteran chief competitive officer, he helped chart the company's course with Ghosn.

Since Ghosn's arrest and indictment, however, Nissan has plunged into upheaval.

The company was soon beset by a flurry of executive exits and departures to other companies.

Saikawa struggled to rekindle operating profit that plunged 99 percent in the fiscal first quarter, reboot flailing U.S. sales and mend strained ties with Renault.

Japan's No. 2 automaker is also laying off 12,500 workers and trying to reform corporate governance.

The recent allegations that Saikawa gamed Nissan's share-linked incentive program to deliver a bigger personal payout further tarnished his tenure amid mounting pressure to step aside.


Il successore di Saikawa sarà Yamauchi, per adesso nominato ad interim. Chissà se avrà più fortuna. La situazione di Nissan non è per niente stabile, devono iniziare una pesante ristrutturazione e trovare la quadra con Renault.


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MessaggioInviato: lun set 09, 2019 3:48 pm 
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daimlerchrysler ha scritto:
e trovare la quadra con Renault.


Quello non dovrebbe essere un problema!

https://www.autoscout24.it/annunci/rena ... cldtidx=13

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MessaggioInviato: lun set 09, 2019 4:00 pm 
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Per inciso, auto tecnicamente molto particolare, fra le altre cose con motori trasversali se 1.7l oppure longitudinali se 2.0l ed oltre.
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In Japan, is there one standard of justice for Japanese executives and another for non-Japanese executives? The forced resignation on Monday of Nissan Motor Co.’s chief executive officer, Hiroto Saikawa, certainly seems to suggest as much.

When Nissan wanted to get rid of its then-chairman Carlos Ghosn, it conducted an internal investigation that was kept from Ghosn, found some examples of allegedly inflated compensation, sent the evidence to prosecutors — again without its chairman knowing — and patiently waited for a surprise arrest when Ghosn landed in Toyko last November.

Ghosn then spent the next four months in a small jail cell, under dire conditions that were designed to break him and force a confession. “Hostage justice,” Ghosn criminal defense lawyer Takashi Takano calls it.

Although Ghosn was released on bail in March, he remains essentially under house arrest. One of the conditions of his bail is that he is not allowed to communicate with his wife, Carole. “Ridiculous and inhumane,” fumed Takano in a conversation I had with him a few weeks ago. (In a statement issued Monday afternoon, Ghosn described Nissan’s allegations as “baseless,” and described the company’s actions against him as “their orchestrated coup.”)

Now consider Saikawa’s situation.

A fierce opponent of Ghosn’s plan to merge Nissan with its smaller alliance partner, Renault SA, Saikawa took charge once Ghosn landed in prison. He was, by most accounts, a terrible CEO, unable to heal the rift with Renault, while his tenure, as Bloomberg News put it, was “marked by a series of missteps.” (He skipped a news conference in which he was supposed to talk about the company’s falsification of emissions data, for instance.) He also failed to stem a steep profit decline: Earnings were down 94 percent in the quarter that ended in June. Over the last year, Nissan’s stock price has dropped nearly in half.

Last week, the results of an internal investigation revealed that Saikawa had received compensation that was … well, whaddya know? … inflated. According to Bloomberg News, he was overpaid by $841,000 via stock appreciation rights. Three other executives were also overpaid — including, irony of ironies, Hari Nada, the former head of Nissan’s CEO office, who was the first to raise questions about Ghosn’s compensation.

In response to all of that, did a whistle-blower inside Nissan launch a secret investigation? Did anyone turn over evidence to prosecutors? Were Saikawa and the others arrested, tossed in jail and interrogated endlessly? You know the answer to that: Of course not.

Instead, the Nissan board unanimously voted to demand Saikawa’s resignation. That’s no doubt humiliating. But it’s not even remotely on par with what happened — and is still happening — to Ghosn.

Who did blow the whistle on Saikawa? That would be Greg Kelly, Ghosn’s former deputy. Kelly and his family say Hari Nada lured Kelly back to Japan so that he too could be thrown in jail and charged with crimes related to Ghosn’s compensation. In June, Kelly gave an incendiary interview to a Japanese magazine in which he also said that Saikawa had signed off on Ghosn’s allegedly hidden compensation.

I don’t have a problem with how Nissan handled the Saikawa scandal. A whistle-blower’s allegation led to an internal investigation — one that everyone in the company knew about — which in turn led to the CEO’s ouster. Saikawa has also promised to return his excess compensation. That seems like the right solution.

The better question is: Why couldn’t Nissan have acted in the same manner in dealing with l’affaire Ghosn?

Yes, it was more complicated in that Ghosn was also Renault’s CEO and the mastermind of an automotive alliance that included Mitsubishi. Surely, though, Nissan’s Japanese executives could have found another way to oust him without scheming to have him arrested. If, after they’d pushed him out, prosecutors felt he had committed crimes, then fine. Arrest him. And if that’s the right path, then do the same with Saikawa.

Nissan said that in searching for a new CEO, the company will look at “non-Japanese, women and people from Renault,” according to Bloomberg News. But would any non-Japanese manager really be interested in taking the helm at Nissan given what happened to Ghosn? It’s a little hard to envision.

An American I know with years of experience with a Japanese multinational told me once that the Japanese criminal justice system makes a distinction between two kinds of corporate crime. If the wrongdoing is part of an effort to help the company, the culprit will usually get off with a slap on the wrist. But if its purpose is to enrich oneself, the system comes down hard on the wrongdoer.

Based on what we’ve seen with Nissan over these past months, I’d say there is another distinction the Japanese criminal justice system makes: Regardless of the severity or nature of a crime, if you’re a non-Japanese executive accused of wrongdoing you’re at risk of getting tossed into prison.

Interessante editoriale di Bloomberg riguardo le dimissioni di Saikawa e la mancanza di terzietá della giustizia giapponese. Saikawa si è dimesso ma in realtà il board di Nissan lo ha sfiduciato una volta venuti alla luce gli appropriamenti indebiti di buona parte del management giapponese. L’altro manager arrestato con Ghosn lo scorso novembre, Greg Kelly, aveva iniziato ad esporre gli scheletri negli armadi del management che ha fatto fuori Ghosn. Il board of directors ha dovuto prendere atto della situazione e ha de facto licenziato Saikawa. Non è stata intrapresa nessuna azione legale, nel caso di Ghosn quando affiorarono i primi sospetti molti manager giapponesi iniziarono a complottare e a riportare le informazioni alla polizia. Nel caso di Saikawa (pessimo manager tra l’altro) addirittura è stata licenziata l’avvocatessa americana incaricata di controllare eventuali violazioni delle regole di condotta da parte del management. Saikawa incasserà una ricca liquidazione e rimarrà incensurato. Ghosn è agli arresti domiciliari, la sua fortuna economica sta svanendo e non può neanche parlare a telefono con la propria moglie.
Nissan ha dichiarato che verranno valutati come candidati anche non giapponesi, mi domando quale occidentale sia così idiota da accettare l’incarico.


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MessaggioInviato: mer set 11, 2019 11:05 am 
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Candidati alla successione di Saikawa. Non pensò proprio che Schillaci possa diventare CEO.


COO Yasuhiro Yamauchi, who will become acting CEO on Sept. 16. Yamauchi, 63, is a Nissan lifer who also sits on the board of Renault. He was promoted to chief operating officer earlier this year, partly to preserve management ties between the automakers.

Makoto Uchida, president of Nissan’s China joint venture. Like many other automakers, Nissan counts the country as its single biggest market, contributing almost a third of its operating income in recent years.
Hideyuki Sakamoto, in charge of manufacturing and supply-chain management, joined Nissan in 1980 as an engineer and has worked around the world, including the Nissan Technical Center in North America, Nissan’s largest affiliate supplier in Japan and Renault in Brazil.

Jun Seki, formerly Nissan’s China chief, is now senior vice president overseeing “performance recovery.” A Nissan lifer who joined in 1986, Seki worked in engineering and production, and has mostly kept a low profile.

Daniele Schillaci, the CEO of brake manufacturer Brembo, left Nissan earlier this year. As executive vice president at Nissan, he led sales and marketing. Before that Schillaci was at Toyota from 2002 to 2015 at various positions in Europe. Close to Renault, who he has worked for, the Italian executive has confronted Saikawa in the past at meetings, and may make a strong external candidate.


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MessaggioInviato: gio set 12, 2019 10:44 am 
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daimlerchrysler ha scritto:
Ghosn è agli arresti domiciliari, la sua fortuna economica sta svanendo e non può neanche parlare a telefono con la propria moglie.


c'è di peggio... :briaco

non ho seguito tutta la trafila; ma oltre che in Giappone sta venendo processato anche da noi?

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MessaggioInviato: gio set 12, 2019 12:05 pm 
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Non ancora, ma ci sono molte indagini in Olanda dove ha sede la società che controlla i pacchetti azionari delle 3 aziende. Ci sono diversi pagamenti dubbiosi fatti a Ghosn in Olanda nel corso degli anni.


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EW YORK -- Nissan and former CEO Carlos Ghosn agreed to pay a combined $16 million to settle a U.S. regulator’s allegations that the automaker failed to disclose millions of dollars in compensation that Ghosn was due to receive.

Nissan was fined $15 million, while Ghosn will pay a $1 million penalty, the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement on Monday.

The claims stem from a decision that allegedly gave Ghosn broad authority over pay decisions after Nissan's board delegated to him power to set compensation for executives and directors, including his own.

From 2009 until fiscal year 2018, Ghosn, with substantial assistance from his subordinates, took part in a scheme to conceal more than $90 million in compensation from investors, according to a complaint filed Monday in Manhattan federal court. Ghosn, with the assistance of director Greg Kelly, decided to structure the payments after his retirement to avoid public disclosure.

Kelly agreed to a $100,000 penalty and a five-year officer and director bar.

The SEC said Nissan provided significant cooperation. Nissan now has a new governance structure with three statutory committees -- audit, compensation and nomination -- and has amended its securities reports for all relevant years.

"Investors are entitled to know how, and how much, a company compensates its top executives. Ghosn and Kelly went to great lengths to conceal this information from investors and the market," said Stephanie Avakian, co-director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement.

Nissan, Ghosn, and Kelly settled without admitting or denying the SEC's allegations and findings.

"We are pleased to have resolved this matter in the U.S. with no findings or admission of wrongdoing," Ghosn's defense team said in a statement. Ghosn would continue to fight a criminal case in Japan, they said.

The SEC said in total Nissan in its financial disclosures omitted more than $140 million to be paid to Ghosn in retirement -- a sum that ultimately was not paid. The SEC also accused Ghosn in a suit filed in New York that he engaged in a scheme to conceal more than $90 million of compensation. That suit is being settled as part of the agreement announced Monday.

Nissan confirmed it had settled the allegations and said it "is firmly committed to continuing to further cultivate robust corporate governance."

Ghosn remains in Japan awaiting trial on finance-related charges. He was arrested last November and has repeatedly claimed he did nothing wrong. 

Lawyers for Ghosn, 65, and Kelly, 63, said the decision to settle with the SEC should have no bearing on separate Japanese cases against their clients.

“Greg is a guy with limited resources,” said James Wareham, a Washington-based attorney for Kelly. He said that his client settled so that he can concentrate on the case he faces in Japan.

Renault has unsuccessfully sought a full-blown merger with its larger partner Nissan, which plans to cut around one-tenth of its global workforce and to slash production capacity while shuttering underutilized plants

La SEC ha multato Nissan per 15 milioni di euro e Ghosn per 1 milioni per non aver comunicato guadagni pari a 70 milioni di dollari. Chissà se avrà influenza sul processo giapponese.


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Nissan will consider moving production of its SUVs outside the UK if the country leaves the European Union without a trade deal, people familiar with the matter said.

Manufacturing of the Qashqai compact SUV could be moved to Spain, while the subcompact Juke may move to another overseas plant, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the discussions are confidential.

The departure would be a major blow to UK manufacturing because Nissan's flagship factory in Sunderland, northeast England, is Britain’s largest.

A showcase for automation and modern working practices, the plant helped to propel Britain to record auto output and sales in 2016, before concerns about the Brexit vote and a government campaign against diesel models began to weigh on demand.

The Financial Times reported reported earlier Tuesday that Nissan will review Qashqai production at Sunderland if the UK exits the EU without a deal, which would damage supply chains.

It could prompt the eventual closure of the factory, the paper said.

Nissan is expected to replace the Qashqai next year.

Former British Prime Minister Theresa May struck a 2016 deal with Nissan to ensure the automaker continued to build the Qashqai in Sunderland, a huge boost to the government as it came in the months after Britain voted to leave the bloc.

A source at the time told Reuters that the government had promised extra support to Nissan in written assurances that Brexit would not hit the competitiveness of the plant, which exports 55 percent of its cars to Europe.

Former CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was involved in that decision, has since been fired by Nissan.

The Sunderland factory also builds the Leaf electric car.

Earlier this year Nissan canceled plans to build its new X-Trail SUV in Sunderland, saying the uncertainty surrounding Britain's future relationship with the EU after Brexit was making it harder to plan for the future.

Nissan said in an email that while it doesn’t comment on speculation, plans for Qashqai production haven’t changed.

"Today we are among those companies with major investments in the UK who are still waiting for clarity on what the future trading relationship between the UK and the EU will look like,” the company said.

"We urge UK and EU negotiators to work collaboratively towards an orderly balanced Brexit that will continue to encourage mutually beneficial trade," Nissan said.

Automakers that build cars in the UK have been campaigning against a no-deal split since the 2016 referendum.

Last week, Jaguar Land Rover said it would close its British factories for a week in November to guard against disruptions to supply chains from a possible no-deal Brexit.

The announcement followed a warning from more than 20 European trade groups that such a breakup would have an “immediate and devastating impact, undermining competitiveness and causing irreversible and severe damage.”

BMW plans to halt production at its Mini plant in Oxford for two days on Oct. 31, and said earlier that it would reduce output by eliminating a work shift in the event of a no-deal split.

Vauxhall owner PSA Group has said a decision whether Ellesmere Port keeps production of the Astra compact car depends on the UK's future trading terms with the European Union.

La quasi certezza di una Brexit senza accordo sta costringendo i costruttori con impianti in Gran Bretagna a scelte radicali. Secondo il Financial Times Nissan potrebbe spostare la produzione della Qashqai dall’ Inghilterra alla Spagna. Nissan nel 2016 fu molto chiara con la cittadina di Sunderland dove sorge l’impianto, infatti gli abitanti votarono al 60% per la Brexit.
Il rischio di un’implosione dell’ industria automobilistica inglese non è da sottovalutare.


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Nissan has appointed Makoto Uchida, head of its important China division, to be its next president and CEO, helping the scandal-hit automaker open a new chapter after the arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn and last month's resignation of former CEO Hiroto Saikawa.

A Nissan veteran with experience in joint purchasing with partner Renault, Uchida, 55, ushers in a younger generation of leaders many insiders hope pave a new path.

The appointment will take place no later than Jan. 1, 2020, Nissan said in a release.

His selection was expected to be announced by Chairman Yasushi Kimura and Masakazu Toyoda, director in charge of Nissan’s nomination committee, at an evening press conference Oct. 8.

Uchida will take the helm from Yasuhiro Yamauchi, who has been serving as interim president since Saikawa stepped down Sept. 16.

Uchida brings a sense of stability and experience to the post as Nissan struggles to reverse plunging profits, rebuild strained relations with Renault and recover from the legal wrangling over Ghosn, who is indicted on four charges of alleged financial misconduct in Japan.

Uchida has helped run Nissan’s China operations since 2018, overseeing one of the few bright spots in the company’s portfolio. In May, he was appointed chairman of the regional management committee.

Uchida joined Nissan in 2003. His previous roles include head of Renault-Nissan joint purchasing and director at Renault Samsung Motors in Korea.

Nissan also said that Ashwani Gupta, a former Nissan and Renault executive who is currently the COO of third alliance partner Mitsubishi Motors, will be Nissan’s new COO.

Gupta joined Renault in 2006 in India as a purchasing manager.

Directors at Nissan, including those from top shareholder Renault, on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of the two executives, a source sold Reuters.

The appointments come after months of turmoil at Nissan following the downfall of Ghosn last year and the departure of Saikawa last month.

Ghosn is awaiting trial in Tokyo on financial misconduct charges that he denies. Saikawa was forced to step down after he admitted to being improperly overpaid.

Nissan has reported decade-low profits and announced 12,500 job cuts as it seeks to turn itself around.

Auto sales are decelerating across the globe and new technologies from self-driving cars to electrification are disrupting the industry. At the same time, Nissan is working to repair and realign its relationship with Renault, its partner in a global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors.

"Nissan needs to escape from the current gridlock over executive appointments and decision-making,” said Koji Endo, an analyst at SBI Securities.

“There is restructuring to be done at home and abroad, new vehicle development needs to speed up, while management coordination with Renault and efforts to improve profitability are in disarray. There are so many things to do," Endo said.

No one was immediately available for comment at Nissan. The automaker was due to hold a news conference at 1130 GMT.


Nissan ha nominato Makoto Uchida nuovo ceo, è l’attuale capo delle operazioni cinesi dell’azienda. È il candidato fortemente voluto da Renault. Le sue principali sfide saranno la ristrutturazione della divisione nordamericana e riorganizzare l’alleanza con Renault.


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Stai dicendo che i francesi zitti zitti hanno fatto fuori Saikawa ed ora riprenderanno le redini?


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Stai dicendo che i francesi zitti zitti hanno fatto fuori Saikawa ed ora riprenderanno le redini?



La posizione dì Saikawa era intenibile, non tanto per il complotto contro Ghosn o per l’ appropriazione indebita quanto per il tracollo dei profitti. Saikawa dava la colpa a Ghosn ma da 2 anni era lui al vertice.

Il board di Nissan ha nominato Uchida ceo ma anche Gupta come COO.
Uchida è stato per anni capo della jv acquisti di Renault e Nissan, si dice che abbia ottimi rapporti con i francesi.
Gupta è indiano ed è un manager di provenienza Renault, quindi eviterà che ci siano altri episodi di guerra contro la Losanga.
Di sicuro il progetto della fusione è stato messo nel cassetto, la precedenza assoluta risiede nella ristrutturazione di Nissan.


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Renault CEO Thierry Bollore's future is in doubt amid strained relations with alliance partner Nissan, two French newspapers reported.

Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard will ask the automaker's board to look for a successor to Bollore, Le Figaro said, citing unnamed sources.

The search for Bollore's successor could be on the agenda of Renault's next board meeting on Oct. 18, the paper said.

Bollore was a close ally of former Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. He expressed support for Ghosn after his former boss was arrested in Japan for alleged financial crimes last November, angering Nissan.

Nissan has little confidence in Bollore and his relations with Senard are no more than cordial, Les Echos, another French newspaper, reported.

Some at Renault are questioning why Bollore, as a protege of Ghosn, remains at the helm of the automaker while other Ghosn confidants have left or been forced out, Les Echos said.

The newspaper also noted that Senard’s mandate is to strengthen the alliance and "clean house" at Renault.

Bollore’s immediate condemnation of Ghosn’s arrest as a conspiracy orchestrated by Nissan made rapprochement with the Japanese automaker more difficult, the paper said.

The recent departures of a number of top Renault executives, many to rival PSA Group, is also seen as evidence of dissatisfaction with Bollore.

Among them were former sales and marketing chief Thierry Koskas, and company veteran Arnaud Deboeuf, who last month quit the automaker to join PSA as industrial strategy director. Deboeuf blamed Bollore for forcing his exit, Reuters reported at the time.

Bollore is a relative newcomer to Renault. After a career that included stints at French suppliers Michelin and Faurecia, he joined the automaker as manufacturing and supply chain chief in 2012.

He rose rapidly under Ghosn, becoming chief competitiveness officer in 2013 and Ghosn's No 2 in the role of chief operating officer in 2018.

Bollore replaced Ghosn as CEO in January when Senard, Michelin's former chairman, was named Renault chairman.

Indiscrezione bomba riguardante Renault: Bollorè potrebbe essere mandato a casa. Il manager francese fu nominato sotto pressione del governo Hollande per ridurre il potere di Ghosn. Prima dell’arresto di Ghosn era previsto che Bollorè lo avrebbe sostituito nel 2021. Senard è il presidente di Renault ma si comporta come capo assoluto e probabilmente vuole mostrare ai giapponesi che può imporre scelte radicali. A seguito della fine della presidenza Ghosn anche alla Renault c’è stato un esodo di top manager, anche se non così grave come a Nissan.


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Più fonti francesi ed estere danno Bollorè in uscita. È molto probabile che i cambi di vertice in Nissan e Renault siano stati concordati in anticipo.


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Nissan Motor Co. issued its starkest warning yet against a no-deal Brexit, saying any tariffs on auto exports to the European Union are likely to render its U.K. operations unviable.




The imposition of World Trade Organization rules with a 10% duty on U.K.-built cars shipped to the EU would be impossible to offset through cost cuts, Nissan Europe Chairman Gianluca de Ficchy said Thursday at the company’s Sunderland factory in northeast England.


While it is impossible to say how disruptive a hard Brexit would be, the impact of tariffs is more certain and would put the future of Britain’s biggest auto plant in doubt, De Ficchy said.

Read More: Nissan Gives Cold Comfort to Brexit-Threatened Auto Plant

“The only clear conclusion we have reached is that if there were to be a no-deal Brexit with the imposition of WTO tariffs, it will not be sustainable,” he said. “That will represent a significant cost increase which would make our products less competitive.”

Industry Under Threat
Number of cars produced annually

Sources: SMMT 2018 data; JLR fiscal 2019 projection
Note: Annual vehicle production at Britain’s eight largest plants
De Ficchy said there’d be no knee-jerk reaction to Brexit and that assessing the future of a plant, which sends 70% of its output to the EU, is not a straightforward process. He added that Nissan still believes Sunderland -- which directly employs 6,500 people -- has strong assets.

Carmakers have been increasingly vocal in opposing a British split from the European Union without a deal, warning of a devastating impact on the industry. Nissan has scrapped plans to build its X-Trail sport utility vehicle in Sunderland and ended production of the luxury Infiniti brand there.

Qashqai Question

Production of the larger Qashqai SUV could be moved to Spain, though De Ficchy said the company is currently assuming a next-generation version will remain in the U.K.


The executive was speaking after unveiling a revamped assembly line for the updated Juke crossover auto, which will be built in Sunderland from Monday. The introduction of the model will mean the loss of one of five daily work shifts as staff transfer between the site’s two assembly lines, though employment levels won’t be affected.

De Ficchy said output at the plant will fall 20% to 360,000 autos in the year through March as a result of already announced production changes prompted by slowing diesel demand and sluggish sales in Turkey.


Le non tanto velate minacce. Il ceo di Nissan Europa ha avvisato che Sunderland a seguito della Brexit non sarà più competitiva. In caso di una fuoriuscita della Gran Bretagna dall’Unione europea senza un accordo verranno introdotti dazi del 10% secondo le direttive del WTO. Sunderland ha già subito tagli pesanti a causa del rallentamento delle vendite in Turchia, lo spostamento della produzione della X Trail e la debolezza di Nissan. La fabbrica britannica risulta sempre tra le migliori per quanto riguarda la produttività quindi se non ce la fa lei a sopravvivere non so come faranno Ellsmere Porth (PSA) e almeno 2 fabbriche JLR.
D’altronde Johnson (allegramente finanziato da imprenditori pro Brexit come il fondatore di Dyson che ha spostato la sede dall’Inghilterra a Singapore, un vero patriota :vomito2 ) ha detto “f**k business.


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Renault CFO Clotilde Delbos could be named as interim CEO of the French carmaker to replace Thierry Bollore, French television station BFM said on its website on Thursday.

Delbos, 52, joined Renault in 2012 as group controller and was promoted to CFO in 2016, according to her corporate biography.

Bollore on Thursday denounced as a "coup" his potential exit from the French automaker, which has called a board meeting on Friday.

Thierry Bollore told Les Echos newspaper he was appealing to key Renault shareholder, the French government, to avoid destabilizing Renault.

"The brutality and the totally unexpected character of what is happening are stupefying," he said.

Renault said it will issue a press release after the meeting.

A source close to the French government -- a major Renault shareholder -- earlier this week confirmed that a senior management shake-up at Renault was on the cards. Le Figaro newspaper reported that chairman Jean-Dominique Senard was poised to kick off a process to replace Bollore.


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Speaking to staff earlier on Thursday in an internal video exchange, Bollore referred to the media buzz and said that what mattered for the company was its alliance with Nissan, and that it was "not a question of people," the Renault sources said.

He avoided going into further details, only saying he had met with Senard earlier on Thursday, and referred all matters to the board.

Renault declined to comment.

Steady hand

Delbos would be a steady hand at the embattled automaker, which has suffered a number of setbacks since former chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn was arrested 11 months ago in Japan on allegations of financial misconduct, plunging the automaker's relations with Nissan into crisis.

Bollore, for a long time Ghosn's right-hand man, was promoted to help steady Renault in the wake of the crisis earlier this year, while Senard was hired from Michelin to chair the group.

Renault has been hit by the departures of a number of top executives, many to rival PSA Group, and a planned merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles collapsed in June after it failed to win the support of the French government, a major shareholder, and Nissan.

Delbos was named a 2018 Automotive News Europe Eurostar. Before joining Renault she worked for auditors PwC and later for the Pechiney Group, Alcan and Constellium.

L’erede ad interim di Bollorè dovrebbe essere Clotilde Delbos, attuale direttrice finanziaria di Renault. Una cacciata brutale per Bollorè diventato ceo da meno di un anno.


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At the very least, the removal of Renault SA Chief Executive Officer Thierry Bollore will help the French automaker patch up its tattered relationship with Nissan Motor Co.

Further down the road, it could also pave the way for a rekindling of Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard’s attempt to merge the French automaker with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.




The dramatic removal of Bollore on Friday by Renault’s board, just days after Nissan also chose new leadership, gives the partners a fresh chance to get past their differences and step out from the shadow of their former leader, Carlos Ghosn.

At Nissan, Bollore was seen as a negative legacy from the Ghosn era, according to people familiar with the matter, and a hurdle in getting their alliance to iron out differences. His departure may also lay the groundwork for the French and Japanese automakers to seek out wider cooperation.

“Fiat still needs a partner and Nissan needs help now more than ever,” said Tom Narayan, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets in London.

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Renault Chairman Would Be ‘Delighted’ to Rekindle Fiat Deal

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Senard avoided being drawn into the topic of a deal with Fiat, saying that for the moment there’s no proposal on the table. Instead, he justified the decision to replace Bollore with the need to get relations with Nissan back on track.

“New life into the alliance requires new governance,” Senard said. “There is no future for Renault without the alliance.”

Yet Senard made clear only last month that he would be open to a Fiat deal coming back. Gaining the support of Nissan would be a prerequisite since the Japanese carmaker’s failure to back a merger in June helped sink the proposal.

A spokesman for Fiat Chrysler declined to comment. Nissan spokeswoman Azusa Momose declined to comment on Renault’s CEO change.

The Japanese company has said it is seeking more power in their lopsided shareholding partnership. But that demand has met resistance from Renault and the French government, Renault’s most important shareholder. Renault has a 43% stake in Nissan with voting rights while Nissan owns 15% of the French carmaker without them.

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One possibility to avoid changing the cross-holding structure would be to create a holding company that gives equal representation to all three members of the alliance, which also includes Mitsubishi Motors Corp., according to a person familiar with the matter.

Renault named Chief Financial Officer Clotilde Delbos, 52, as Bollore’s replacement on an interim basis. She was part of the so-called Orange Group at Renault that pushed for closer ties with Nissan, including a merger. Senard led that move, which Nissan rejected outright in April.

Renault Set to Oust CEO Bollore in Break With Carlos Ghosn Era
Clotilde Delbos, left, and Jean-Dominique Senard on Oct. 11.Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg
The move to replace Bollore “wasn’t personal,” Senard said, and he would have preferred that the CEO resign, yet Bollore’s tenure had reached its limit against the pressing need for the automaker to push ahead with improving its performance and working with Nissan.

The arrest last November of Ghosn on charges of financial mismanagement, which he has denied, laid bare a climate of suspicion between the companies. Top of their agenda going forward could be a resumption of discussions on a new structure for their partnership.

“Before anything happens with Fiat, there will need to be an agreement on the alliance,” said Jean-Louis Sempe, analyst at Invest Securities. “What will come back on the table is the need to reframe the cross-shareholdings.

Negli ultimi anni diversi ceo del settore automobilistico sono stati cacciati in modo brutale ed inaspettato, Fields (Ford 2017), Müller (Vw 2018), Ghosn e adesso è il turno di Bollorè che fino a pochi mesi fa aveva di fronte a sè il titolo di capo di tutta RNM. È il segno che c’è un vero e proprio terrore del futuro, il rischio che il classico business model venga travolto dalla rivoluzione in corso è fortissimo.
Bollorè è stato sacrificato non perché fosse un cattivo manager ma doveva essere immolato per dare un nuovo inizio all’alleanza RNM, il nuovo ceo di Nissan ha ottimi rapporti con i francesi e ci si attende un nuovo ceo francese più accomodante. Bloomberg scommette su un’alleanza con FCA, vedremo.


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Within a week of taking the helm, Renault interim CEO Clotilde Delbos called into question the strategic road map meant to carry the French carmaker through 2022.

In a video address to employees Tuesday, Delbos said Renault will review the plan because the market has changed since it was unveiled two years ago.

“Unfortunately the situation hasn’t improved during the summer and we need to put Renault back on track,” she said in the session viewed by Bloomberg News. “We need to adjust the strategy.”

Delbos isn’t wasting any time after being named temporary CEO on Friday following the board’s dramatic ouster of Thierry Bollore. By putting the six-year “Drive the Future” strategy under review, she’s taken on part of the legacy of fallen leader Carlos Ghosn. At the same time, she may have burnished her own credentials as a contender to stay on in the top job.

“We need to make some choices,” Delbos said, pointing to Renault’s negative cash flow in the first six months of the year and relatively high spending on research and development and investment. She also called for greater honesty and transparency within the company.

A spokeswoman for Renault declined to comment on internal company communication.

Ghosn unveiled the strategy with great fanfare in October 2017, pledging to expand Renault’s global reach, deepen operational ties with Japanese partner Nissan Motor Co. and improve profitability. In parallel, the French carmaker would invest in electric and autonomous vehicles, he said.

Delbos told employees the plan might be too tall an order in the midst of a downturn in the global auto market. She was flanked by her two deputies, Jose-Vicente de Los Mozos and Oliver Murguet.

Renault took a hit in the first half of 2019 from Nissan’s poor results and a slowdown in emerging markets like Turkey and Argentina. The French automaker owns 43% of the Japanese company, which is smarting from slumping U.S. sales and aging vehicle models.

While Renault cut its revenue target for this year, it stuck to its profit outlook. Delbos, who is chief financial officer, is readying to publish third-quarter revenue Oct. 25. MainFirst analyst Pierre-Yves Quemener expects the number to be marginally down at 11.4 billion euros ($12.7 billion) due to lower European and Renault-brand sales.

Delbos brushed aside the question of whether she wanted to remain CEO at a press conference on Friday. At least one headhunter was hired to conduct the search, which is focusing on candidates from outside the company, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Since Ghosn’s arrest in Tokyo last November on allegations of financial crimes -- which he has denied -- Renault and Nissan’s alliance has nearly come unraveled. Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard has pushed for a merger Nissan didn’t want, and then pursued talks to combine with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV without telling its partner. Those talks collapsed in June.

Delbos reiterated Senard’s stance that the Franco-Japanese alliance needs to be fixed before any combination with Fiat could be rekindled.

“If there is a way to revive it, of course we would be interested, but first we need to take care of ourselves and the alliance,” she said.

Il ceo ad interim Delbos ha annunciato la preparazione di un piano di ristrutturazione per la casa francese. Nell’ultimo anno la dirigenza di Renault ha prestato attenzione a tutto fuorché alle attività giornaliere. Prima l’arresto di Ghosn, la nomina di Bollorè e Senard, costringere Nissan ad una fusione, il fallimentare tentativo con FCA per poi arrivare alla cacciata di Saikawa e Bollorè.
Renault otterrà per i prossimi anni molti meno dividendi da Nissan e in più deve rivedere alcune scelte nei mercati emergenti.


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