Tokyo: Mitsubishi Motors Corp said a Nissan Motor Co executive would become its head of research and development, part of an overhaul that comes as Nissan prepares to take a controlling stake in Mitsubishi in the wake of a mileage cheating scandal.

Mitsuhiko Yamashita, currently a senior technology adviser at Nissan, will take on the role from 24 June.

Mitsubishi Motors chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Osamu Masuko will also be president, taking over that role from Tetsuro Aikawa, who will leave the company. Reuters