“This option would not be very welcome,” one of the sources told Reuters, while another person familiar with the issue has said that such a move “could create a conflict of interest” as a single person will oversee both Nissan and Renault.
They declined to be named as the discussions are private and the committee has not reached a decision on its recommendations.
Nissan has vowed to break away from its current executive structure, a legacy of Ghosn who concurrently served as chairman of Renault, Nissan and partner Mitsubishi Motors, and CEO of Renault.
During a visit to Japan last week, Renault’s newly appointed Chairman Senard told reporters that it was not the time to discuss whether he would also take over as chairman of Nissan. He is expected to be named to Nissan’s board, given Renault’s 43 percent ownership of Nissan.
Nissan said it was not in a position to comment on the ongoing deliberations of the committee.
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“The committee is independent from Nissan,” a Nissan spokesman said.
Since Ghosn’s arrest in November, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa has blasted the once feted executive for holding too much power in the company. After Renault rescued Nissan from near bankruptcy in 1999, Ghosn has spent the majority of his time at Nissan as CEO and chairman.
The automaker accuses Ghosn of using company funds for personal purposes and making secret arrangements to receive additional compensation upon retirement, and that a lack of accountability facilitated such activity. Ghosn has denied the accusations.