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Carlos Ghosn

Ghosn at the World Economic Forum India Economic Summit in 2009
Born (1954-03-09) March 9, 1954 (age 62)
Porto Velho, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian; Lebanese; French
Alma mater École Polytechnique (1974) École des Mines (1978)
Occupation Chairman and CEO of Renault, Nissan, and Renault-Nissan Alliance; Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors

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.
Carlos Ghosn
I'm the C.E.O., nominated by the shareholders. If they're not happy, I have to take the consequences.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
When I come to a design decision, people know that is that.
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.
Carlos Ghosn
Synergies are not only about cost reduction. Synergies can be access to markets, exchange of products, avoiding overlaps, exchange of best practices.
Carlos Ghosn
Any job very well done that has been carried out by a person who is fully dedicated is always a source of inspiration.
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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.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
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China will be the answer to Japan's problems.
At the age of 20 I bought a used Fiat 127. This was the only one I could afford!
Carlos Ghosn
People will always challenge you on an idea as long as it has not been concretized by somebody else.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
As an individual, not as the boss of a company, I am very interested in motor racing.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
Incentives are not strategy, they are tactics. Defensive measures.
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.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
If guys try to make a bigger company for the sake of size, they don't create value in most cases.
Carlos Ghosn
I think that the best training a top manager can be engaged in is management by example.
Carlos Ghosn
We are facing extreme volatility.
You'll never convince me there is a hopeless situation or there is any finality in any success or any failure.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
Electric cars are going to be very important for urban transportation.
The time is right for electric cars - in fact the time is critical.
Electric cars are not going to take the market by storm, but it's going to be a gradual improvement.
Carlos Ghosn
We are not making a capital investment into GM as the first element or condition.
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It would be easier to make money in other sectors, but since I was a kid, I liked cars.
Carlos Ghosn
I love not to be busy in a certain way.
I don't believe in hostile moves. I don't believe they carry any value.
Carlos Ghosn
Business is tough; you need tough guys.
The Japanese people are usually very prudent, even when they are convinced change is necessary.
Carlos Ghosn
I always loved cars. I don't know why, I can't explain it to you. It has always been with me.
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Profit is the most global aspect of a business, and it is cross-functional.
Carlos Ghosn
Don't believe what I say. Believe what I do.
Talking about stepping down in five years is frankly not a topic of particular actuality now.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
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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.
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You don't build your character by doing what everybody else is doing.
As the CEO, I have to take care of the short term, mid term and the long term.
Carlos Ghosn
The most interesting information I can have about a competitor is the cost.
Carlos Ghosn
You have to be careful to react when you start to deviate from your course.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
I think the new generation is much more demanding about respect for the environment than we have ever imagined.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
Every single time you make a merger, somebody is losing his identity. And saying something different is just rubbish.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
When the CEO makes a decision, people don't come back on it.
Regulations about environments are going to get tougher and tougher.
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.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
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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.
Carlos Ghosn
We continue to be bullish on China.
Design is important, it's an important dimension in the car. It's not the only one.
Carlos Ghosn
In a difficult and uncertain environment, Renault remains on track to meet its 2012 objective.
Carlos Ghosn
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.
Carlos Ghosn
To face deflation, you have to have people accepting it and not reacting to it.
Carlos Ghosn
The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them.
Carlos Ghosn
I have my family, my children - I have a lot of outside activities.