Carlos Ghosn is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., a global automaker with more than 247,500 employees and nearly U.S. $104 billion in revenue in fiscal 2014.
Mr. Ghosn has been the industry's leading advocate for sustainable transportation. Nissan and its alliance partner Renault are the first automakers to have launched a range of affordable zero-emission cars and commercial vehicles, and have sold more electric vehicles than all other major automakers combined.
Mr. Ghosn joined Nissan as its chief operating officer in 1999, became its president in 2000 and was named chief executive officer in 2001.
Mr. Ghosn was named chief executive officer of Renault in 2005, in addition to his responsibilities at Nissan, making him the first person to run two Fortune Global 500 companies simultaneously. In 2009 he added the title of chairman of the board of Renault.
Mr. Ghosn is also chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the most productive and longest-lasting cross-cultural partnership in automotive history, with combined global sales of 8.5 million vehicles in 2014
Since 2013, Mr. Ghosn has also been chairman of the board of AVTOVAZ, Russia's largest automaker.
Before joining Nissan, Mr. Ghosn served as executive vice president of the Renault Group, a position he had held since 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 worked for 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 Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. 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.
In addition to his leadership roles at Nissan, Renault, the Alliance and AVTOVAZ, Mr. Ghosn is president of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) through 2015.
Mr. Ghosn was born in Brazil in 1954 and spent much of his childhood in Lebanon. He graduated with engineering degrees from France's École Polytechnique in 1974 and from École des Mines de Paris in 1978. He has four grown children.
Chairman of the Board, AVTOVAZ
Chairman and CEO of Renault
Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and CEO, Nissan
President and CEO, Renault
Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and CEO, Nissan
President and CEO, Nissan
President and Chief Operating Officer, Nissan
Chief Operating Officer, Nissan
Executive Vice President, Renault
Chairman and CEO, Michelin North America
Chief Operating Officer, South American operations, Michelin, Brazil
Head of R&D for industrial tires, Michelin, France
Plant manager, Le Puy Plant, Michelin, France