100 Most Influential People in Formula 1 2017

10. Carlos Ghosn | CEO Renault-Nissan

Carlos Ghosn

Position last year: 10
Age: 63
Bio: Took a big decision to buy the Lotus F1 team when they were in a difficult place. It’s great to see Renault back in the sport and no doubt they will continue to improve as the season goes on.
Google searches last 12 months: 0.3 million

Carlos took a big decision to buy the Lotus F1 team when they were in a difficult place. It’s great to see Renault back in the sport and no doubt they will continue to improve. Chairman and CEO of Paris-based Renault, he holds the
chairman position at Japan-based Nissan, which together produce more than one in 10 cars sold worldwide. Carlos
Ghosn is also Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the strategic partnership overseeing the two
companies through a unique cross-shareholding agreement. After his radical restructuring of Renault that returned
that company to profitability in the late 1990s Ghosn became known as “Le Cost Killer”.

In the early 2000s, for orchestrating one of the auto industry’s most aggressive downsizing campaigns and
spearheading the turnaround of Nissan from its near bankruptcy in 1999, he earned another nickname, “Mr. Fix It”.

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