The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn: Part 2

June 10, 2021

After Carlos Ghosn’s dramatic turnaround at Nissan, profits soar and “Ghosnmania” sweeps Japan. But signs of trouble emerge as he takes over as the CEO of both Renault and Nissan in 2005. Soon, Ghosn’s high pay creates controversy in Japan and France, where executive compensation is traditionally less exorbitant.

In part two of a special, four-part series, host Curt Nickisch explores Ghosn’s management style to learn what made him uniquely successful: his stellar communication skills, eye for talent, and focus on aggressive goals. But would some of these leadership qualities eventually contribute to his downfall?

NOTE: If you haven’t listened to the first episode yet, we recommend you start there. It’s episode 800 of the HBR IdeaCast podcast.

These episodes ask how Carlos Ghosn went from being one of the world’s most admired CEOs to a fugitive from justice. What went right — and wrong — during Ghosn’s time leading Nissan and Renault? And what can we learn from it?

This special series is inspired and informed by the new book Collision Course: Carlos Ghosn and the Culture Wars that Upended an Auto Empire.

This episode was produced by Anne Saini. Contributing reporting from Tokyo by Collision Course coauthors Hans Greimel and William Sposato.

Editing by Scott Berinato, Maureen Hoch, and Adi Ignatius. Sound engineering by Tim Skoog. The team includes Sally Ashworth, Adam Buchholz, Rob Eckhardt, Ramsey Khabbaz, Scott LaPierre, Christine Liu, Melinda Merino, and Karen Player.

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