Uchida’s willingness to listen to and support those on the ground away from Nissan’s base could be key to its success.

Nissan is facing a once-in-a-generation crisis as new chief executive Makoto Uchida takes the wheel of the Japanese car maker.

Appointed last week, Uchida succeeds Hiroto Saikawa, who fell victim to the scandal prompted by the arrest last year of chairman Carlos Ghosn who is now on bail facing charges of financial crimes.

The shake-out following the coup at the top of the company raised questions about a worrying “yes-men” regime that had been allowed to develop.

Uchida tackled the fallout from Ghosn’s ousting head on in his commencement speech. Diving straight in, he expressed…


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