Carlos Ghosn, Ex-CEO Nissan, at a press conference on the second press day of the International Motor Show in Paris.
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SINGAPORE – Carlos Ghosn, the scandalous former CEO and chairman of Nissan Fled from the trial in Japan, he is starting a business training program to promote economic recovery in his crisis-hit Lebanon.
The Franco-Lebanese auto manager announced plans on Tuesday to coach executives, offer technical training and start-up jobs as part of a new collaboration with the University of Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK), a private university north of Beirut, to accomplish .
The announcement comes less than two months later a devastating explosion rocked the capital and exacerbated the economic problems of a country hampered by decades of corruption and political mismanagement.
Ghosn, who himself faced allegations of financial misconduct Dramatically escaped from Tokyo to Beirut in December 2019said the initiative was not politically motivated but should support Lebanon “In this difficult time.”
“This is about creating jobs, jobs and entrepreneurs so society can play its role in rebuilding the country,” he said at a press conference that announced the program.
Until his arrest in November 2018, Ghosn was widely celebrated for turning the fate of Japanese automaker Nissan. The Brazilian-born businessman who grew up in Beirut was a prominent figure in the auto industry and held important management positions Renault, Mitsubishi Motors and Michelin North America.
The partnership with USEK, for which Ghosn was approached by the university shortly after his return to Lebanon at the end of last year, is referred to as “moving forward”. It will focus on helping businesses in trouble and teaching individuals “how to make themselves invaluable”.
In his supervisory role, he is supported by international executives such as jaguar and Land Rover CEO Thierry Bollore and Ken Curtis, former Goldman Sachs vice chairman, who have agreed to teach pro bono classes.
“The role model is my experience, which in my opinion are the basic needs of a top manager in a very competitive environment,” said Ghosn.
The first course, scheduled to begin in March, will be available to 15 to 20 leaders in Lebanon and the Middle East.
The second program will focus on delivering technical training, including in areas such as computational design and artificial intelligence, while the third program will act as an incubator for startups, with a focus on the environmental impact.
“If you bring back confidence, money will come,” said Ghosn. “You can have an excellent plan for Lebanon, but if you don’t carry it out, you won’t even be at the starting point.”