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Suntory's Niinami: not interested in Nissan CEO job now

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By Reuters
Suntory's Niinami: not interested in Nissan CEO job now
FILE PHOTO: Suntory Holdings Ltd's President and CEO Takeshi Niinami speaks during an interview with Reuters at the company headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai   -   Copyright  Toru Hanai(Reuters)

TOKYO (Reuters) – The head of Suntory Holdings, Takeshi Niinami, said he was not interested in replacing the CEO at Nissan Motor Co <7201.T>, which has been struggling with scandal and plunging profits, saying there was more work to do at the Japanese drinks maker.

“It would be an honour to be considered a candidate, but there are things to do as Suntory CEO which would take a few more years, and I am not currently interested,” he said in an emailed statement after a report said he was one of a few candidates for Nissan’s leadership.

The first outsider to lead the century-old Japanese drinks maker, 60-year-old Niinami is widely expected to eventually hand back the reins to the founding family.

(Reporting by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Himani Sarkar)