Forbes described Carlos Ghosn as "the hardest-working man in the brutally competitive global car business.” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Ghosn is a man with many achievements to his name. He is probably best known for orchestrating the remarkable turnaround of Nissan from near bankruptcy in 1999. In addition to being the auto industry’s longest-serving current CEO, he is the first executive to simultaneously run two companies that are on the Fortune Global 500. Carlos is an outspoken proponent of zero-emission electric vehicles. Today, more than half the electric vehicles on the roads are produced by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Carlos is also establishing the Alliance as a leader in the development of future automotive technology in fields such as autonomous drive and connected vehicles and services.
The Alliance – which also includes Russia's largest automaker, AVTOVAZ, has grown to become one of the world’s largest automotive groups and remains, to date, the most productive, longest-lasting, cross-cultural partnership in automotive history. Carlos serves on the Board of Directors of the Brazilian bank; Itau Banco and on the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut. He is a World Economic Forum Governor, a member of the International Advisory Council of Tsinghua University in Beijing and a member of the Strategic Council of Saint Joseph University in Beirut.
Carlos received numerous awards and honors such as: adding him to the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2004, and in 2012, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic of Spain and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Strategic Management Society. Carlos holds Engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and from Ecole des Mines de Paris, and he is fluent in Arabic, English, French, and Portuguese.