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Nissan's next CEO an expert deal-maker with low profile

Hiroto Saikawa presents contrast to the colorful Ghosn

Nissan Motor Co-CEO Hiroto Saikawa

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor's Hiroto Saikawa, a longtime behind-the-scenes player, will take center stage as CEO on April 1 when his charismatic predecessor Carlos Ghosn steps down.

Saikawa will be Nissan's first Japanese chief in 17 years. Both his colleagues and acquaintances outside the company describe him as quiet and reserved. But the current co-CEO has proved himself to be a capable deal-maker.

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