Carlos Ghosn

President & CEO, Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.

Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn is the chairman and chief executive officer of Renault and Nissan, two global automotive companies with a combined work force of 350,000 employees and global sales of 6.8 million units. He serves as chairman of the Renault-Nissan Alliance Board, which steers the Alliance’s medium- and long-term strategy, including the current objective for the Alliance to become the leader of zero-emission mobility.

Mr. Ghosn was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Renault S.A. in May 2009. Previously, he was named president and chief executive officer of Renault in May 2005 in addition to his executive responsibilities at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Mr. Ghosn joined Nissan as its chief operating officer in June 1999, following the establishment of the Renault-Nissan Alliance in March 1999. He was named Nissan’s president in June 2000 and was appointed chief executive officer in June 2001.

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 have four children.

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