Carlos Ghosn pleaded not guiltyJanuary 8, 2019
Former head of the Nissan automaker Carlos Ghosn refused to admit his guilt in the case of financial crimes
Former chairman of the Nissan automaker, Carlos Ghosn, refused to plead guilty to financial fraud in court. During the hearing, he pleaded not guilty. Ghosn stressed that his arrest is “unfounded.”
“The suspicions that were presented to me are unfounded. I did not harm Nissan. I am innocent, and extension of detention is unfair, ” – said a top manager.
The head of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, was detained on November 19th. Japanese police suspect a 64-year-old top manager of tax evasion. For this, he deliberately distorted information about the amount of his own payments. Investigators began investigating a top manager after reports from an anonymous informant inside the auto concern.
Carlos Ghosn was dismissed as chairman of the board of directors of Nissan Motor Co. November 22. In addition, Greg Kelly, a member of the board of directors, who is also suspected of financial fraud, was also dismissed. Later, the leadership of the Japanese automaker Mitsubishi also decided to dismiss Carlos Ghosn from the post of chairman of the board of directors. The Board of Directors of the company is headed by Osamu Masuko.
Carlos Ghosn is one of the most well-known top managers in the automotive industry. In 1999, he saved the Japanese Nissan from bankruptcy by drastically reducing costs. With his direct participation, an alliance Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi was created, partnerships were established with German Daimler and Chinese Dongfeng.
At the same time, Ghosn has been occupying leadership positions at Renault since 1996. In 1999, Renault and Nissan became partners, and Ghosn moved to Japan, where he took the position of production director, then rose to the post of president and CEO. Since 2005, he combined the positions of president and CEO of Renault, and in 2009 he headed the board of directors of Renault. In 2016, Ghosn also became the chairman of the board of directors of Mitsubishi, and in 2017 he transferred the authority of Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa, but he retained his position at the head of the board of directors.
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