Carlos Ghosn is President and Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., a global automotive company with more than 230,000 employees and over US$100 billion in revenue. He joined Nissan as Chief Operating Officer in June 1999 and became CEO in June 2001.
Mr. Ghosn was the lead architect of the Nissan Revival Plan, which transformed the company from near-bankruptcy to profitability within two years. Under Mr. Ghosn's leadership, Nissan has had higher profit margins than many rivals and has expanded geographically - particularly to China, which is now Nissan's top market by volume.
In addition to his responsibilities at Nissan, Mr. Ghosn became Chairman and CEO of Renault Group in May 2005. He is also Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a unique cross-shareholding collaboration and the only auto industry partnership to survive multiple business cycles and increase economies of scale. Renault and Nissan represent one in 10 new cars sold worldwide. Today, Mr. Ghosn is the only CEO to run two Global Fortune 500 companies simultaneously.
In June 2013, Mr. Ghosn also became Chairman of AVTOVAZ, Russia's largest automaker and owner of the LADA brand.
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, vehicle engineering and development, manufacturing, powertrain operations and purchasing.
Before he joined Renault, Mr. Ghosn was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Michelin North America, where he managed Michelin's acquisition of the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company in 1990.
Prior to that, Mr. Ghosn was the Chief Operating Officer of Michelin South America based in Brazil; head of research and development for industrial tires in Ladoux, France; and a plant manager in Le Puy, France.
Mr. Ghosn serves on the international Advisory Board of Itau Unibanco. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut; a World Economic Forum Governor; a member of the International Advisory Council of Tsinghua University in Beijing; member of the Strategic Council of Saint Joseph University in Beirut; and an international fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.
Mr. Ghosn was born in Brazil in 1954. He graduated with engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique in 1974 and from Ecole des Mines de Paris in 1978. He speaks fluent Portuguese, Arabic, English and French.
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