– JAPAN, Yokohama – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (TYO: 7201) today announced that its board of directors resolved to strengthen corporate governance by transitioning from a company with statutory auditors to a company with three statutory committees (nomination, compensation, and audit).
The board unanimously voted in favor of the transition, in addition to new director candidates proposed by the company’s Provisional Nomination and Compensation Advisory Council. Both matters are to be submitted for approval at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGSM) scheduled for the end of June.
Upon receiving shareholder approval, Nissan will become a company with three statutory committees. Once the transition is complete, the company’s current auditors will leave their posts.
The new board of directors as nominated will comprise 11 individuals, seven of whom will be independent outside directors. An independent outside director is to be appointed to the role of chairperson of the board.
Candidates for the board of directors
- Keiko Ihara,
Ihara has been active as a racing driver on the international circuit and has been involved in technology development and branding for automakers around the world. As a guest associate professor at Keio University, she carried out research in “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS) and maintenance of electric vehicle infrastructure, providing her with valuable experience and insight. Ihara also carries out activities and provides counsel in the fields of education, gender diversity promotion and governance for international organizations and listed companies in Japan.
- Masakazu Toyoda,
Toyoda has extensive experience and insights in the fields of economics, international trade and energy through his work for the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (current METI), serving in key positions such as the Director-General of the Trade Policy Bureau, Vice-Minister for International Affairs at METI and as a special advisor to the Cabinet Secretariat. Currently, Toyoda is chairman & CEO of The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan.
- Bernard Delmas, Chairman, Nihon Michelin Tire Co., Ltd.
Delmas has played a number of important roles for Michelin in the Asia region and currently serves as the chairman of Nihon Michelin Tire Co., Ltd. He has worked in Japan for many years and has developed a deep understanding of the Japanese automotive industry. He also has extensive international experience and has displayed cross-functional team leadership in such areas as research and development and business planning. Delmas was the president of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan from 2010 to 2018, in which capacity he provided insights to various business entities.
- Andrew House, Former Chairman, Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
House has played key roles at Sony Corporation, where, in leadership positions at the company’s subsidiaries, he has gained global experience in the consumer goods field. Thanks to his business experience both inside and outside Japan, House has a strong cross-cultural perspective and has a deep understanding of customer needs and emerging technologies.
- Yasushi Kimura, Advisor, JXTG Holdings, Inc.
Kimura has served as board chairman, representative director and CEO in a key industry in Japan at JXTG Holdings and its affiliated companies. He also has deep insight and a wealth of experience due to his many years in corporate management of listed companies. He has served as chairman of the Petroleum Association of Japan and vice chairman of the Japanese business federation (Keidanren), demonstrating his leadership qualities.
- Motoo Nagai, Auditor, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nagai currently serves as a statutory auditor of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. He started his career at the Industrial Bank of Japan (current Mizuho Bank), and has served as a managing executive officer of Mizuho Corporate Bank and a deputy president (executive officer and director) of Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. He has significant experience and insights into several corporate fields, such as risk management.
- Jenifer Rogers, General counsel Asia, Asurion Japan Holdings G.K.
As an attorney, Rogers has established a global career at international financial companies such as IBJ (currently Mizuho Corporate Bank) and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She has substantial experience in the legal, finance services and compliance fields. She is currently general counsel Asia of Asurion Japan Holdings G.K. and serves as an outside director of two globally active Japanese corporations such as Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
- Thierry Bolloré, CEO, Groupe Renault
- Jean-Dominique Senard, Director, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.; Chairman, Groupe Renault
- Hiroto Saikawa, Representative director, president and CEO, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
- Yasuhiro Yamauchi, COO, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
The Directors leaving their posts: Hideyuki Sakamoto, Toshiyuki Shiga, Jean-Baptiste Duzan, and Bernard Rey.
Auditors leaving their posts: Motoo Nagai, Hidetoshi Imazu, Tetsunobu Ikeda, and Shigetoshi Andoh.
Nissan sees the re-establishment of a highly robust corporate governance structure as imperative. Based on the recommendations of the Special Committee for Improving Governance received in March, Nissan has worked to promptly reform its governance structure. With the lessons from the recent executive misconduct still fresh, Nissan resolves to rigorously pursue a separation of supervisory and executive functions and, with shareholder approval, to transition from a company with statutory auditors to a company with three statutory committees. Each of the committees will be chaired by an independent outside director.
At this time of radical transformation in the automotive industry, Nissan urgently needs to establish a highly effective governance structure to enhance business capabilities and achieve sustainable corporate value. To ensure open discussion and swift decision-making, the board is to consist of 11 members, the majority of whom are to be independent outside directors. The terms of office of the directors are to expire at the AGSM scheduled for the end of June in 2020.
The board of directors selected the new director candidates based on the recommendations of the Provisional Nomination and Compensation Advisory Council, established in March. Taking into consideration Nissan’s global business development and the transformation of the automotive industry under CASE technologies, the emphasis has been placed on diversity in experience, knowledge, nationality, and gender. Enhancement of diversity on the board will enable increased effectiveness and also strengthen the company’s governance structure.
For more information, visit nissan-global.com.
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