Hiroto Saikawa joined Nissan in 1977 after graduating from University. In October 2000, he became General Manager of Purchasing Strategy Dept, and in April 2001, he became Executive General Manager of Renault Nissan Purchasing Organization. In April 2003, he was named Senior Vice President, in April 2005 he was elevated to Executive Vice President, and in June 2005 he was added to the board of directors.
Hiroto has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Nissan since April 1, 2017. Prior to this, he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. from November 1, 2016, to April 1, 2017, and as the Chief Competitive Officer of Nissan since April 2014. Saikawa has built a divisive reputation for being strict and aggressive.
Nissan Motor Corporation (Japanese: 日産自動車株式会社 Hepburn: Nissan Jidōsha Kabushiki-gaisha?), usually shortened to Nissan (/ˈniːsɑːn/ or UK /ˈnɪsæn/; Japanese: [nisːaɴ]), is a Japanese multinationalautomobile manufacturer headquartered in Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan.
Since 1999, Nissan has been part of the Renault–Nissan Alliance, a partnership between Nissan and Renault, the largest automobile manufacturer in France. As of 2013, Renault holds a 43.4% voting stake in Nissan, while Nissan holds a 15% non-voting stake in Renault. Carlos Ghosn serves as CEO of both companies.
Nissan was the sixth largest automaker in the world behind Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Hyundai Motor Group, and Ford in 2012. Taken together, the Renault–Nissan Alliance would be the world’s fourth largest automaker. Nissan is the leading Japanese brand in China, Russia and Mexico.