Carlos Ghosn Receives An Honorary Doctorate

Carlos Ghosn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Company has received an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University School of Management.

The Honorary Doctor of Science award recognises Mr Ghosn’s outstanding contribution to the international automotive industry. As the President and CEO of Nissan, Mr Ghosn conducted a three-year comprehensive revival plan that was completed one full year ahead of schedule.

Prior to joining Nissan in 1999, Mr Ghosn was executive vice president at Renault.

Mr Ghosn joined Renault after a career at the tyre-maker Michelin in France, where he had worked since 1978.

Professor Leo Murray, Director of Cranfield School of Management, said: "We are delighted to be able to acknowledge through the award of an Honorary Doctorate the remarkable achievements of this successful international businessman who is unique in having been able to manage in a number of different cultures."

On receiving the award Mr Carlos Ghosn said: "It is an honour to be associated with this outstanding university. I believe Nissan and Cranfield University share a common philosophy. As one of Europe’s premier academic centres for strategic and applied research, development and design, this university is known for its high standards. At Nissan, our commitment to excellence is also delivering a standard-setting level of performance – not only within our industry, but in the global business environment as well."

Following the conferring of the Honorary Degree, Mr Ghosn, who is the only Western CEO of a Japanese company, presented a lecture entitled ‘Nissan: From Revival to Lasting, Profitable Growth’.

He highlighted the progress the company is making saying: "I’ve always been and will be ambitious for our company. […] We have done what we planned because performance is the only and ultimate proof of our revival and the fuel of our credibility. We have transformed a struggling company into a good company and we will transform a good company into a great company. Expect Nissan to be fully revived and solidly built on a foundation for lasting, profitable growth."

Recent honorary doctorates of Cranfield University include Lindsay Owen-Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the L’Oréal Group, Sir Eddie George, Governor of the Bank of England, and Sir Colin Marshall, Chairman of British Airways.

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Published 29 November 2002 Melanie Carter

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