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Table: The Way Of Carlos Ghosn


Soon after Ghosn took over Nissan, he was receiving hate mail. Now he's revered in Japan, and considered a national hero. Here's how he got there:1954Born in Brazil to Lebanese immigrants.1960Family moves to Beirut. Young Ghosn attends a Jesuit high school where he quickly picks up French and Arabic as well as Portuguese.1974Graduates with engineering degree from the elite Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.1978Recruited by tiremaker Michelin.1990Michelin merges with B.F. Goodrich, and Ghosn oversees a grueling overhaul as CEO of U.S. operations.1996Joins Renault as chief of research, manufacturing, and purchasing. He's soon lionized by shareholders as "le cost killer" for slashing budgets by $3.6 billion but reviled by workers for job cuts.1999Renault shocks the industry by offering $5.4 billion for a stake in struggling Nissan. Ghosn is named chief operating officer.2000Nissan posts $6.2 billion loss. Ghosn appointed president and pushes revival plan that calls for eliminating five plants and 20,000 jobs.2001Ghosn moves up to Nissan CEO as the auto maker returns to profitability.MAY 2003Production starts at Nissan's $1.4 billion plant in Canton, Miss.JULY 2003Nissan sets up joint venture with Chinese auto maker Dongfeng.APRIL 2004Glitches with vehicles made in Canton hurt Nissan's ranking in quality surveys.MAY 2004Ghosn announces an initiative that aims to launch 28 new models by 2008 and take the Infiniti luxury brand global.APRIL 2005In an industry first, Ghosn will assume the title of CEO at two global auto companies: Renault and Nissan.Data: Company reports, BusinessWeek

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