Nissan has demoted Hari Nada, a senior vice president at the automaker and a key whistleblower against former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, after an internal investigation found no evidence against the executive.
"Although Nissan has found no evidence of inappropriate involvement by Nada in the internal investigation into executive misconduct led by former Chairman Carlos Ghosn and others, the change is aimed to avoid undue suspicion and to enable him to focus on important tasks for the company, such as forthcoming legal action," Nissan said in a statement.
Nada, who was reportedly under pressure to leave the company following the pay scandal involving Ghosn, was named senior adviser overseeing special projects. He will report to acting CEO Yasuhiro Yamauchi.
Nissan has been shaken by the arrest of Ghosn last year on allegations of financial misconduct, which he denies, and the more recent exit of previous CEO Hiroto Saikawa after he admitted to being improperly overpaid.
The news comes a day after the automaker named Senior Vice President Makoto Uchida as its next CEO, picking an outsider who joined mid-career.