May 11, 2021

The Spanish José Muñoz resigns as director of Nissan for the "Ghosn case"

The Spanish José Muñoz resigns as director of Nissan for the "Ghosn case"



The Spanish José Muñoz today announced his resignation as senior executive of Nissan Motor, following the investigation opened against the former president of the Japanese firm, Carlos Ghosn.

Muñoz announced this decision through his profile in the LinkedIn social network, after the information published by Japanese and US media that could be affected by the internal investigation opened by Nissan and the Japanese authorities on the "Ghosn case" .

The Spanish manager, considered a trusted figure of Ghosn, held the position of executive director of performance in the company and since January 2015 was responsible for its operations in China, after being responsible for the markets of Latin America and North America.

"My decision to leave Nissan has been taken after much thought and careful consideration, Unfortunately, Nissan is currently involved in matters that have focused their attention and will continue to do so," Muñoz said in his message.

"As I have repeated several times and made it clear to the company, I am willing to continue helping Nissan in its investigations," said the executive, who also highlighted his "pride" for having contributed to the growth of the company in North America, Mexico. and China and for "helping the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance to become a world leader in sales volume".

Muñoz, 53, joined the company based in Yokohama (south of Tokyo) in 2004 after working in the European branch of the Japanese vehicle manufacturer Toyota Motor.

His resignation comes after the Japanese prosecutor's office filed new formal charges against Ghosn on Friday, who has been detained for almost two months in Tokyo for allegedly hiding multimillion-dollar compensation from the authorities and other irregularities.

The prosecution also filed formal charges against the American Greg Kelly, a close associate of Ghosn at the top of Nissan, who was arrested next to him last November and who is currently on bail, and against the Japanese firm, for have allegedly violated financial regulations.

The "Ghosn case" came to justice in Japan after Nissan Motor detected the alleged irregularities in an internal investigation that is still ongoing and that has been extended to other activities of the company in the United States, Latin America and India, among others. zones.

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