Ghosn "Samurai of modernity" … the story of the coup "heir" to the "creator of glory"
He turned from a popular hero into a modern Japanese street.
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Carlos Ghosn, president and current chairman of Nissan, Heroto Saikawa,
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It is said that a person who has never acted as a villain will never be crowned as a hero, and as soon as he crowns the hero, he can turn into a villain at any moment. This is the case with Carlos Ghosn, a triangular businessman and the first to take on the simultaneous management of the three leading automakers in the world, saving them from loss and bankruptcy.
Since Nissan announced the removal of Ghosn from the company's presidency on June 19, after his arrest and imprisonment, awaiting trial for tax fraud and embezzlement, and speak about this person on every lip and language in the Japanese capital and is unlikely to issue any newspaper or news Bulletin Not guided by the circumstances of his arrest and fall. The conversation, which was a whisper in the first days after his arrest against him in the court of Japanese business, which was described as secret and silent, spread widely in the automotive industry and some of the highest political circles in their respective capitals.
Carlos Ghosn, along with Italian Sergio Marconi, the former head of the Chrysler-Fiat alliance, who suddenly died earlier this year, is one of the most influential leaders in the history of the global auto industry since the time of Major Henry Ford. But in Japan, this is a unique case in the history of this country, which is well known for its sharpness with respect to tradition, xenophobia culture, skepticism and self-esteem regarding the so-called Japanese miracle. Not only was he a successful businessman, he saved the second automaker, the foundations of the Japanese economy from bankruptcy, to unprecedented profits, he broke through the many taboos rooted in Japanese social culture.
For the first time, Japan resorted to Gaijin, a term used to mean oddity, to save a giant company that had decades of national pride and an example of superiority and superiority. The gratitude of the Japanese for his achievements and admiration for his strict style, which exceeded their love of work to exhaustion, was to be declared a national hero. His drawings are familiar among the characters of popular folk tales of Japan, known as manga.
In less than two years, Ghosn closed five factories for the company, laid off tens of thousands of workers and revolutionized English, not Japanese. The Japanese, in their decision, believe that foreign language skills may lose them. A bit of the original “I”, but it remained one of the most popular faces. In a remarkable precedent, he twice met the emperor, who is considered the most sacred in the Japanese tradition: “We helped change the methodology of our work, which was always slow in making decisions,” said Haroto Saikawa, the current head of the company.
But the head of the same company, which paid tribute to Gosu and even joined his office in Kafn-Gos with his support, was the one who stood up to reporters a few days ago to say: “I am deeply disappointed, disappointed, despair, denunciations and anger ". The man he appointed last year as his heir, and, as you know, was the first Dame guy in Goss, among the senior officials of the company.
Seikawa said the internal investigation, which lasted for several months at the company in collaboration with the Attorney General’s Office, revealed violations allegedly committed by Ghosn, such as hiding part of his income from the Internal Revenue Service, the personal benefits of the apartments owned by the company, and his sister’s use as a fake consultant One hundred thousand dollars a year.
Seikawa was swollen, breaking the legend of a man who marred the Japanese auto industry. But insiders familiar with the affairs of the Nissan group knew that friendship had disappeared between the two men for months and that their relationship had entered a period of tension, because This Ghosn announced an ambitious program for the full integration of Nissan and Renault, which Seikawa strongly opposed at the expense of Nissan and the French company.
After the shock of the first days and dismissing Gonso from his position as a non-executive decision of the board on the consensus of seven members, including two French members who participated in the video, the Japanese media began to question the questions and doubts that are spread in the international press: the coincidence coincides with this question with Ghosn Solution to merge the two companies? How can he hide part of his income and compensation from the Tax Administration, knowing that it is determined by decisions taken by the company's board of directors in the aggregate? Or is there a plan to beat a branch if necessary?
“What happened in April was a coup to remove Ghosn and interrupt its plan to merge the two companies,” said David Bailey, an expert in the automotive industry. “When Nissan reached the brink of bankruptcy in 1999, it had 15 percent (Renault), but without the right to vote on the board of a French company, while the latter belonged to 43 percent of the Japanese group. Today, Nissan values more than twice the value of Renault and reaches 50% of the profits and sales of the Alliance. Therefore, the Japanese side believes that full integration with the French company will be a heavy loss for him and may be deprived of the leadership of the coalition if it continues. ”
This is what prompted the French government, which owns the largest stake in Renault, to wait and appoint a vice president, keeping Ghosn at his post and declaring that he does not violate French law.
Bob Lutz, the former chairman of General Motors, said that what happened to Ghosn “smells like a conspiracy. He was not only a giant in the automotive industry, but also in the business world as a whole. He knew how to cope with globalization, seeing what others did not see, and he had a broad vision, unconventional and provocative frankness in the business world. "Many people are betting on the failure of the alliance between the three companies in 1999, including me … but Ghosn managed to bet against all expectations."