Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn
  • Born: March 9, 1954
  • Nationality: French, Lebanese, Brazilian
  • Profession: Businessman









Carlos Ghosn, KBE is a Brazilian-born businessman who also has French and Lebanese nationality. Ghosn has served as the CEO of Michelin North America, chairman and CEO of Renault, chairman of AvtoVAZ, chairman and former CEO of Nissan, and chairman of Mitsubishi Motors. Ghosn was also chairman and CEO of the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance, a strategic partnership between those automotive manufacturers through a complex cross-shareholding agreement. The venture has held an approximately 10% market share since 2010, and as of 2017 was reckoned to be the third largest automobile group worldwide.

Quotes About
Author Quote
Quote Topics Cited
Any job very well done that has been carried out by a person who is fully dedicated is always a source of inspiration.
As an individual, not as the boss of a company, I am very interested in motor racing.
As the CEO, I have to take care of the short term, mid term and the long term.
At the age of 20 I bought a used Fiat 127. This was the only one I could afford!
Being in a multicultural environment in childhood is going to give you intuition, reflexes and instincts. You may acquire basic responsiveness later on, but it's never going to be as spontaneous as when you have been bathing in this environment during childhood.
Business is tough; you need tough guys. Business, Commerce & Finance
Cars have a large engine in the front and you have a gearbox, which is cumbersome. Electric cars don't have this problem. The motor is much smaller, the battery is below you. This will allow you to play with different shapes.
China will be the answer to Japan's problems.
Commitment. This is my favorite word because in some way, people who are committed are always much more interesting and much more reliable, and much more, I would say, deep than people who are not.
Design is important, it's an important dimension in the car. It's not the only one.
Don't believe what I say. Believe what I do.
Electric cars are going to be very important for urban transportation.
Electric cars are not going to take the market by storm, but it's going to be a gradual improvement.
Employees are your most valuable assets. They are the heart and guts of a company. This doesn't mean that from time to time, you aren't going to do what is good for the company. Time
Every single time you make a merger, somebody is losing his identity. And saying something different is just rubbish. Time
Good is somebody who delivered and allowed the company to overcome obstacles, without leaving a profound impact on its culture. Great is somebody who leads his company to achievements and performance and value that nobody was expecting it had.
I always loved cars. I don't know why, I can't explain it to you. It has always been with me.
I approve designs not because I think I am more gifted or somebody who can see ahead three or four years from now, but just to make sure that the design is a logical, rational decision, taken after analyzing pros and cons.
I don't believe in hostile moves. I don't believe they carry any value.
I have my family, my children - I have a lot of outside activities. Families, Children & Parenting
I love not to be busy in a certain way. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I mean, when you're a pioneer and you are at the forefront of an offensive, you're going to be the most optimistic person.
I think that the best training a top manager can be engaged in is management by example.
I think the new generation is much more demanding about respect for the environment than we have ever imagined. Respect
I think we're going to have some difficulty in front of us. I have absolutely no doubt the next three, four years Europe are going to be at best stagnation. We are preparing for tough times.
I would say a good leader brings results. A great leader writes a new story, it's different. Obviously a new story has to incorporate a lot of results. But a story is a chapter in the life of a company that people want to write and want to remember. Life
If guys try to make a bigger company for the sake of size, they don't create value in most cases.
If we come to the conclusion after 90 days that the synergies are big enough to justify the efforts, then we can go to the second step, which consists of saying: what would be the best organization and conditions - including shareholdings - in order to make sure the synergies happen.
If you have not been a villain at a certain point in time, you will never be a hero. And the day you are a hero, you may become a villain the next day. Time
I'm the C.E.O., nominated by the shareholders. If they're not happy, I have to take the consequences.
In a difficult and uncertain environment, Renault remains on track to meet its 2012 objective.
In most companies people make a specific contribution to the company in their function. But it is not expressed in terms of profit, only in terms of performing their function better.
Incentives are not strategy, they are tactics. Defensive measures.
Is Europe going to be breaking? I don't think so. I think the euro will stay. I think at the end of the day Europeans will find the solutions in order to hold Europe together.
It would be easier to make money in other sectors, but since I was a kid, I liked cars. Money, Coins & Minting
More and more, in any company, managers are dealing with different cultures. Companies are going global, but the teams are being divided and scattered all over the planet.
People will always challenge you on an idea as long as it has not been concretized by somebody else.
Profit is the most global aspect of a business, and it is cross-functional. Business, Commerce & Finance
Regulations about environments are going to get tougher and tougher.
Synergies are not only about cost reduction. Synergies can be access to markets, exchange of products, avoiding overlaps, exchange of best practices.
Talking about stepping down in five years is frankly not a topic of particular actuality now.
The Japanese people are usually very prudent, even when they are convinced change is necessary.
The most interesting information I can have about a competitor is the cost.
The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them. Leaders & Leadership
The time is right for electric cars - in fact the time is critical. Time ;Environment & Environmentalism
There are always lessons that can be learned from another manufacturer. You can learn from their successes and from their mistakes also. But you cannot replicate; you can only learn.
To face deflation, you have to have people accepting it and not reacting to it.
We are facing extreme volatility.
We are not making a capital investment into GM as the first element or condition.
We are still keeping, as much as we can to the one million commitment that we made, hoping that at a certain point in time, the headwinds represented by the strength of the yen will be a little bit less strong. Time
We continue to be bullish on China.
We have some worse scenarios for which we need to prepare as companies. For the moment, we're planning for the worst, and the worst is now, and the car market is down more than 15 percent in France. There is so much uncertainty.
What I worry about is not just Nissan, but Japanese manufacturers losing motivation to maintain production in Japan. The high yen is definitely a headwind.
When a company is facing a problem, it always takes a stance and takes a decision, but at the same time it wants to make sure of what it can learn from it, what enhancements it can make. Time
When I come to a design decision, people know that is that.
When the CEO makes a decision, people don't come back on it.
When your results are good, you are obviously going to have a lot of press. And when you start to falter a little bit, you are going to have some criticism, and there is nothing abnormal in that.
When you're C.E.O., you have to have two conditions: first, shareholders need to trust you and want you to head your company. The second is that you need to feel the motivation to do the job. So, as long as both are reunited, you continue to do the job. And today, they are reunited. Trust
When you're CEO, you have to have two conditions: first, shareholders need to trust you and want you to head your company. The second is that you need to feel the motivation to do the job. So, as long as both are reunited, you continue to do the job. Trust
You don't build your character by doing what everybody else is doing.
You don't implement change easily in Japan unless you explain very clearly why you need to do this change, how you're going to do this change and what's going to be the outcome of this change. If you offset or you forget to explain one of these three steps you're not going to do it.
You go to a plant not only to pat the people on the back, but to tell them about the opportunities they have to do a better job. Quality is one of the opportunities they have to do a better job.
You have to be careful to react when you start to deviate from your course.
You have to listen to the people who have a negative opinion as well as those who have positive opinion. Just to make sure that you are blending all these opinions in your mind before a decision is made.
You want to make sure this particular car is going to please the customer and then you're going to be rewarded with something that is going to please the shareholder.
You'll never convince me there is a hopeless situation or there is any finality in any success or any failure. Failure ;Success