Nissan Chief Ghosn Shrugs off Lebanon Politics Career

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Carlos Ghosn, the French-Lebanese chief of Nissan-Renault, on Thursday shrugged off any chance of vying for the Middle Eastern nation's presidency, saying he has "too many jobs already".

The 60-year-old, widely credited with saving a near-bankrupt Nissan more than a decade ago, was born to Lebanese parents in Brazil.

"I've been accused of accumulating too many jobs already. So unfortunately, I don't think this is part of the probabilities," he told reporters in response to a question about a political run, after delivering a speech at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.

"I think I have a job to do as head of two large companies," he added.

Speculation over a political career was fuelled by reports last year quoting Ghosn as saying he would rely on the same techniques for running Lebanon that he used to turn around Nissan.

The Lebanese parliament is divided between two main camps, the pro-Syrian regime bloc led by Hezbollah and backed by Damascus and Tehran and a second bloc led by the son of assassinated former prime minister Rafiq Hariri and backed by Saudi Arabia and Washington.

The two sides are divided over the war in Syria and the question of Hezbollah's weapons, and have failed to agree on a candidate to fill the presidency.

Ghosn spent most of his childhood in Lebanon where he attended French schools and is a graduate of France's elite Ecole Polytechnique.

He took over at Nissan in 1999, dispatched by Renault after the French firm took a controlling interest in the Japanese carmaker that was then on the brink of bankruptcy.

Nicknamed "Le Cost Killer", Ghosn embarked on aggressive expense-cutting programmes to rescue the firm's battered balance sheet.

His unlikely bid made something of a folk hero in Japan, where is he one of only a few foreigners to lead a major firm.

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Thumb ex-fpm 17 July 2014, 13:11

Speculation over a political career was fuelled by reports last year quoting Ghosn as saying he would rely on the same techniques for running Lebanon that he used to turn around Nissan.

Fortunately for Mr. Ghosn, Nissan does not have a fake resistance.

Default-user-icon oui oui (Guest) 17 July 2014, 13:11

if we?

Thumb FlameCatcher 17 July 2014, 13:28

No hard feelings, Lebanon doesn't deserve you anyway Carlos !

Keep on building cars while our politicians equip them with full option car bombs !

Default-user-icon mazen (Guest) 17 July 2014, 13:30

ha, hayda 7aki!! We need people like him to run for president. Not criminals, thieves, incompetent 80 year olds.. and list goes on and on..

Thumb ex-fpm 17 July 2014, 13:59

flamethrower; fortunately I was enjoying your comfortable silence unless you think it’s an issue we need to talk about.

Thumb ex-fpm 17 July 2014, 14:00

btw, mabrouk your new screen name.

Missing bigjohn 17 July 2014, 15:46

foreign born persons from lebanese background like him, Ralph Nader, Carlos Slim, and million others have NO INTEREST in Lebanese politics, especially if they are from Christian background. I love how Lebanese Christians include them as part of the "Lebanese" population living abroad.

Thumb lebanesenationalist 17 July 2014, 17:12

^ I love how sectarian you are.

Missing bigjohn 18 July 2014, 02:35

Oh, I am one of the few in lebanon who are not sectarian. I prefer getting rid of this SECTARIAN system. I was criticizing those who are SECTARIAN, just like I have criticized the Sectarian Sunni Takfiri and the Iraqi Shiite government.

Default-user-icon sayf (Guest) 17 July 2014, 16:54

what about berri?