And the race at Nissan at this moment is white-knuckled.
As one of Nissan’s independent outsider directors, the motorhead turned corporate bigwig has been a key mover in many of the changes during a turbulent post-Carlos Ghosn era.
Ihara chairs the newly created compensation committee, a flashpoint of reform for the automaker, and was widely reported to be a driving force in pushing out former CEO Hiroto Saikawa.
Ihara also sits on the nomination committee that picks Nissan’s future leaders. And she is an adviser at meetings of the Alliance Operating Board that governs business projects with partners Renault and Mitsubishi.
Ihara acknowledged to Automotive News that Nissan and the alliance have been through tough times since Ghosn’s November 2018 arrest for alleged financial misconduct. But she said the partners are making progress on new midterm business
plans to be released around May and that Nissan is poised for a “revolutionary” change for the better.
“I think we have hit the…