Careful For What You Wish For, France: If Pushed, Ghosn Might Go

Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

It’s a hallowed industry tradition: Every six months or so, the media, led by Japan’s Nikkei, and with Bloomberg as the runner-up, speculates that Carlos Ghosn might retire as CEO of Nissan, Renault, or both, never mind that it never happens. Ghosn routinely resorts to a standard repartee, repeated like clockwork whenever a reporter brings up the question of Ghosn stepping down: “My plan is to continue to lead the Alliance as long as I have the trust of my shareholders.”

Last week, a hairline crack in the heretofore unconditional shareholder trust emerged.

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