Carlos Ghosn was the Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the automotive collaboration of France’s Groupe Renault, Japan’s Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. He was also Chairman and CEO of Groupe Renault (2005-2019), Chairman and CEO of Nissan Motor Co. and Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors Corp (until 2018).
Mr. Ghosn is best known for orchestrating the remarkable turnaround of Nissan Motors from near bankruptcy. In addition to being the auto industry’s longest-serving CEO (2001-2018), he was the first person to run two companies on the Fortune Global 500 list simultaneously.
Under his leadership, the Alliance grew to be the world’s No.1 automotive group in 2017 and 2018. He established the Alliance as the leader in mass marketed electric cars and a pioneer in autonomous drive and connected vehicles.
He has served on the advisory boards and advisory councils of many reputable academic institutions including the Tsinghua University in Beijing and Stanford University in California. Since 2020, he helps in developing programs for the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon.
In recognition of his work and achievements, Mr. Ghosn has received numerous distinctions and awards from countries on all continents: Mexico, Brazil, Spain, England, France, Morocco, Lebanon, Japan among others.
Carlos Ghosn was awarded the Blue Ribbon Medal in 2004. He thus became the third non-Japanese to receive such a decoration, created during the Meiji Era, in Japan, to reward those who have improved public service and made outstanding contributions to the industry.
He was the only major auto industry CEO born and raised in emerging markets.
Born in Brazil in 1954, he is married and a father of 4 children.
He graduated with engineering degrees from France’s École Polytechnique in 1974 and from École des Mines de Paris in 1978.