(Reuters) – Hyundai Motor Co has named Jose Munoz – previously seen as an ally of Nissan Motor’s ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn and his potential successor as CEO – as global chief operating officer and head of operations in the Americas.

FILE PHOTO – Jose Munoz, chief performance officer at Nissan Motor Limited, responds to a question on the new Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance venture capital fund during roundtable with journalists at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Munoz was cited as a “person of interest” in Nissan’s widening internal investigation into corporate governance following Ghosn’s arrest on suspicion of financial misconduct. Ghosn denies wrongdoing while Munoz has not commented publicly on the matter.

Munoz resigned from Nissan in January having