But three of the remaining 10 boardroom seats after 27 dismissals at Nissan Motor Co Ltd (NML) are now occupied by directors from Renault, which has a 36.8% controlling stake in the company after an investment of £3.35billion.
Former president Yoshikazu Hanawa remains as chief executive officer of Japan's second-largest car maker. However, his No.2 and chief operating officer is Carlos Ghosn, executive vice-president of Renault. With him are Patrick Pelata, the French company's executive vice-president in charge of products and corporate planning, and Thierry Moulonget, senior vice-president in charge of finance.
Norio Matsumura, former president of Nissan Europe, has taken one of the remaining six NML seats and Sir Ian Gibson — who inspired the development of Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) at Sunderland to become Europe's role model in efficient and productive automotive manufacturing — has the key role of driving the company's European operations and co-ordinating the Nissan-Renault partnership.