Carlos Ghosn is chairman and chief executive officer of the Alliance, the world's largest automotive group. Mr. Ghosn also is chairman and CEO of France's Groupe Renault and serves as chairman of Japan's Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. The Alliance companies combined employ more than 470,000 people in nearly 200 countries and operate 122 manufacturing plants. Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors, and AVTOVAZ together sold more than 10.6 million vehicles in 2017—more than one in nine sold worldwide.
Mr. Ghosn has been the industry's leading advocate for sustainable transportation; Renault and Nissan were the first automakers to launch a range of affordable zero-emission cars and commercial vehicles. The Alliance cumulatively had sold more than 560,000 electric vehicles accounting for about half of all EVs on the road today.
Mr. Ghosn is also establishing the Alliance as a leader in the development of future automotive technology, such as autonomous drive and connected vehicles and services.
Mr. Ghosn joined Nissan as chief operating officer in 1999 and was named CEO in 2001. He was the lead architect of the Nissan Revival Plan, which brought the company out of a severe economic crisis in the late 1990s and back to profitability in 2000. He turned over the CEO role to Hiroto Saikawa on April 1, 2017 but continues to serve as chairman of the Nissan Board of Directors.
In 2005, Mr. Ghosn became CEO of Renault, making him the first executive to run two Fortune Global 500 companies simultaneously. In 2009, he added the title of chairman of the board of Renault. In 2016, he was appointed chairman of Mitsubishi Motors following Nissan's acquisition of a 34 percent stake in the Japanese automaker.
The Alliance is the most productive and longest-lasting cross-cultural partnership in automotive history. It also has significant strategic collaborations with Daimler of Germany and China's Dongfeng Motor. Its top 10 markets in 2016 were the United States, China, France, Japan, Russia, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Its vehicles are sold under 10 brands: Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung, Alpine, Nissan, Infiniti, Datsun, Mitsubishi, Venucia, and Lada.
Mr. Ghosn is a member of the International Advisory Council of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing and the Strategic Council of Saint Joseph University in Beirut. He served as a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum until 2015. He also served on the boards of Sony Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation, and Alcoa Corporation.
Mr. Ghosn is the subject of a number of books in English, Japanese, and French. He wrote two best-selling business books, Renaissance, in Japanese, and Shift: Inside Nissan’s Historic Revival, in English. He was the subject of another business book called Turnaround: How Carlos Ghosn Rescued Nissan by David Magee. He also provided strategic business commentary and on-the-job lessons to aspiring managers in a book called The Ghosn Factor: 24 Inspiring Lessons From Carlos Ghosn, the Most Successful Transnational CEO by Miguel Rivas-Micoud. He also has been the main character of a very popular Japanese manga called The Story of Carlos Ghosn.
In 2001, Time and CNN named him No.1 in the 25 most influential global business executives.
In 2002, Fortune awarded him Asia’s Businessman of the Year.
In 2002, Ghosn was made Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the government of France.
In 2002, he was awarded Japanese Prime Minister’s commendation for Business Reformer.
In 2004, he was awarded the Medal with Blue Ribbon from the emperor of Japan.
In 2004, Financial Times named him the third most respected business leaders of the world.
In 2004, the U.S. Automotive Hall of Fame awarded him the Industry Leader of the Year Award and he inducted into the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame.
In 2006, CNBC listed Ghosn as European Business Leader of the Year.
In 2006, Ghosn was made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
In 2007, Ghosn was made Grand Cordon of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite in Morocco.
In 2009, Ghosn was made Commander of the Order of Rio Branco by the government of Brazil.
In 2011, CNBC listed Ghosn as Asia Business Leader of the Year.
In 2012, Ghosn received the Japan Society Award.
In 2012, Ghosn became the first person in the auto industry, and the fourth overall, to win a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Strategic Management Society, a non-profit group that promotes ethical and strategic business stewardship.
In 2012, Ghosn was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, an honorific designation to civilians in recognition of services that benefit Spain.
In 2013, he was appointed an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
In 2017, a special postage stamp of Mr. Ghosn was created in Lebanon.
Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University School of Management, United Kingdom (2002)
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from American University of Beirut (2003)
Honorary Doctorate from Kyushu University, Japan (2003)
Honorary Doctorate from Hosei University, Japan (2004)
Honorary Doctor of Laws from Waseda University, Japan (2005)
Doctorat Honoris Causa from University of Saint Joseph (2016)