TOKYO -- Nissan Motor CEO Hiroto Saikawa said Sunday he had "good, future-oriented discussions" with partner Renault's new chairman at the French-Japanese alliance's regular meeting in Amsterdam last week.
The event on Thursday and Friday marked the first meeting between Saikawa and Jean-Dominique Senard, named by Renault as chairman last month to replace jailed alliance chief Carlos Ghosn. Mitsubishi Motors Chairman and CEO Osamu Masuko also attended via video call.
"We can have various conversations going forward," Saikawa told reporters here. "A new step has begun."
On the question of who should be tapped to lead the alliance, Saikawa explained that while he said the main consideration should be how the appointee would develop the partnership, no detailed discussion took place.
The Nissan CEO did not comment on whether he had spoken with French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire or other French officials. Paris, Renault's largest shareholder, is pushing to integrate Renault and Nissan.