New Nissan Motor Co. CEO Makoto Uchida vowed Friday to improve the automaker's corporate culture following the two-decade rule of former chairman Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested and ousted over financial misconduct allegations last year.

"I will be committed (to my job) with the focus on regaining trust and recovering business performance," Uchida said in a group interview after assuming the post Dec. 1 as part of a leadership revamp aimed at restoring the company's battered earnings and improving governance.

Uchida said it was important to create an atmosphere where employees could hold discussions openly.