Carlos Ghosn is the president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., a global automotive company with more than 200,000 employees and $100 billion in revenue. Mr. Ghosn joined the company as its chief operating officer in June 1999, became its president in June 2000 and was named chief executive officer in June 2001.
Mr. Ghosn was named president and chief executive officer of Renault in May 2005 in addition to his current responsibilities at Nissan. In May 2009 he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renault. As head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Mr. Ghosn is responsible for two separate companies with a combined annual global sales of 7.2 million vehicles.
Prior to joining Nissan, Mr. Ghosn served as executive vice president of the Renault Group, a position he had held since December 1996. In addition to supervising Renault activities in the Mercosur, he was responsible for advanced research, car engineering and development, car manufacturing, powertrain operations and purchasing.
Before he joined Renault, Mr. Ghosn had worked with Michelin for 18 years. As chairman and chief executive officer of Michelin North America, Mr. Ghosn presided over the restructuring of the company after its acquisition of the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company in 1990. Previously, Mr. Ghosn had worked as the chief operating officer of Michelin's South American activities based in Brazil; as head of research and development for industrial tires in Ladoux, France; and as plant manager in Le Puy, France.
Mr. Ghosn was born in Brazil on March 9, 1954. He graduated with engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique in 1974 and from Ecole des Mines de Paris in 1978. He and his wife, Rita, have four children.