This is a story that befits the plot line of an over-the-top Hollywood blockbuster rather than the real-life actions of a car industry CEO. Carlos Ghosn, who closely resembles the character Mr. Bean, quickly went from being universally heralded as a highly respected CEO and titan of the auto industry to an international fugitive.
Up until recently, Ghosn, a Brazilian-born French business executive of Lebanese descent, was the successful CEO of the Nissan Motor Company, carmaker Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors. This setup is a unique strategic alliance, which made the group one of the largest and most profitable global manufacturers of vehicles under Ghosn’s guidance and management.
In a move that shocked the staid corporate world, Ghosn was abruptly arrested and charged with financial improprieties and alleged self-dealings in November 2018. He was held in jail and subsequent house arrest in Tokyo, Japan. Ghosn was then summarily dismissed from his position at Nissan.