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Nissan-Renault alliance

After tug-of-war with Renault, Nissan holds firm on Japanese CEO

French partner's choice Gupta lands COO post in compromise

From left to right, Nissan's new leaders Ashwani Gupta, Makoto Uchida, and Jun Seki. (Nikkei Montage/photo courtesy of Nissan/ Arisa Moriyama)

TOKYO -- After losing two chief executives to scandals in the past year, Nissan Motor has selected a pragmatist with a wealth of international experience as its next CEO.

Senior Vice President Makoto Uchida joined Nissan in 2003 from trading house Sojitz, during the early days of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn's turnaround campaign for the Japanese automaker.

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