Mitsubishi Motors shares jump, as Nissan is rumored to appoint known CEO as chairman

Nissan Motor Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn will chair Mitsubishi Motors Corp after Japan's second-biggest automaker by sales buys control of its smaller peer, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

Ghosn, nicknamed "le cost killer", will oversee an automaker expecting an operating loss of 28 billion yen ($270.69 million) in the year to March. Behind the loss are provisions to cover any quality-related issues that arise while Mitsubishi recovers from a mileage-cheating scandal that sent its shares spiralling.

The two automakers have not decided who will be president of Mitsubishi, said one person with direct knowledge of the matter and another briefed on it. Both declined to be identified ahead of formal announcements.

Ghosn, who is also CEO of Nissan alliance partner Renault SA, has asked Mitsubishi Motors Chairman and President Osamu Masuko to remain president when Nissan takes over, said the Nikkei newspaper, which first reported Ghosn's appointment.

Mitsubishi's shares rose as much as 10 percent after the report.

Spokespeople at Nissan and Mitsubishi declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.

Ghosn earned his nickname after ordering plant closures when restructuring Renault. He later steered Nissan to profitability.

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