Carlos Ghosn joined Nissan as Chief Operating Officer in June 1999, and became President in June 2000. In June 2001, he assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Since April 2002, Carlos Ghosn is also Vice-President of the Renault Nissan Alliance board. He was appointed member of Renault’s board of Directors on April 26, 2002. He also serves on the board of Mirant Corporation and Alcoa.
Mr Ghosn was born in Brazil and holds engineering degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines de Paris. He is married and has three daughters and one son.
Prior to joining Nissan, Mr Ghosn joined Renault in October 1996 and was appointed executive vice president in charge of general management in December 1996. As executive vice president of Renault, his responsibilities included advanced research, vehicle engineering and development, powertrain operations, purchasing, manufacturing and the MERCOSUR business unit in Latin America.
Mr Ghosn joined Renault after a career at the tyre-maker Michelin in France, which he joined in 1978. During his time at Michelin, he held a variety of positions in manufacturing plants and the company’s development centre. In 1981, Ghosn was appointed plant manager in Le Puy, France. In 1984 and 1985, he headed the research and development of earth mover and agricultural tyres in Ladoux, France. During the next four years, Mr Ghosn served as the chief operating officer of Michelin South America. In 1989, he was named president and chief operating officer of Michelin North America. In that position, he negotiated the merger between Michelin North America and Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. In 1990 Mr Ghosn was appointed chairman, president and chief executive officer of Michelin North America. Mr Ghosn was responsible for the assimilation and the development of the multi-brand strategy of Michelin North America after the acquisition of the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co.Published 29 November 2002