Makoto Uchida is Nissan Motor Co., Ltd‘s new representative executive officer, president, and chief executive officer as of December 1, 2019.
Uchida started his career with the company in 2003. Through the years he has served in a variety of positions at both Nissan and the Alliance and has worked to enhance synergies with Alliance partners. In his most recent role, Uchida led Nissan’s China business, serving as senior vice president of Nissan, chairman of the Management Committee for China (MC China), and president of Dongfeng Motor Co. Ltd., the joint venture between Nissan and Dongfeng Motor Group in China. During this time, Uchida expanded Nissan’s presence in the Chinese market.
In his speech during his inaugural press conference, Uchida said “I trust my team. I will empower our people to build ‘one team’ spirit that enables executives and employees alike to take ownership of the direction in which the company is heading, and to ensure operations that are transparent for all.”
Makoto Uchida replaces Hiroto Saikawa, who took the helm from long-serving chief Carlos Ghosn.