FILE PHOTO: Jose Munoz, Chairman of Nissan North America, speaks during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 9, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

(Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co Ltd’s (7201.T) Chief Performance Officer Jose Munoz has resigned, a company’s spokesman said on Friday in an emailed statement to Reuters.

Munoz’s resignation follows a Reuters report reut.rs/2D5ScYl which said that the Japanese automaker was looking into decisions made in the United States by Munoz as it broadened its investigation into the alleged financial misconduct by ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Nissan said this month that Munoz, who is widely seen within the industry as close to Ghosn, was on leave “to allow him to assist the company by concentrating on special tasks arising from recent events.”

Reporting by Mary Ann Alapatt in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber



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