BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France (AP) — Renault’s chairman expressed confidence Thursday that the French automaker’s alliance with Nissan remains on track following the appointment of a new board at the Japanese firm in the wake of the scandal involving Carlos Ghosn, who had chaired both companies.
Jean-Dominique Senard also told reporters that there has been no effort to renew merger talks with Fiat Chrysler, which halted discussions last month after making the initial approach.
Speaking to the Anglo-American Press Association, he said that during regular discussions with Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa, Ghosn’s name has not been mentioned recently.
Senard was appointed in January, two months after the arrest in Tokyo of Ghosn, who led Nissan for two decades.
“Yes, of course we spoke of Mr. Ghosn, but it’s no longer the case,” he said of his almost daily conversations with Saikawa. “Now, we must move toward the future …It’s no longer an issue for the company.”