UPDATE: Renault keeps Ghosn as its Chairman (11/21).
The House of Carlos Ghosn is quickly unraveling as
In a statement, The Alliance’s newest member, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation says that they are now conducting their own internal investigation to find out whether or not Ghosn has also been engaged in the same misconduct as he did at Nissan. Nonetheless, moves are already underway to oust him as Mitsubishi’s Chairman of the Board and Representative Director.
Ghosn’s arrest by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office comes at the heels of his filing of “fake statements” in breach of Japan’s Financial Instruments and Exchange Act. This includes the under declaration of his compensation by USD 44.4 million (
In a separate report, Renault is also set to remove Ghosn as their Chairman.
The BBC reports that the French finance minister said that Ghosn “was no longer in a position to lead the automaker.” The French government has a 15 percent stake in the automaker.
UPDATE: The Renault board has opted to keep Ghosn as its Chairman and CEO. That said, Thierry Bollore was appointed deputy CEO and Philippe Lagayette, will chair its meetings for the time being. In a letter sent to Renault employees, Bollore expressed their full support for Ghosn and pledged to preserve its alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi.
That said, financial analysts predict that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance will survive despite Ghosn’s arrest.
As quoted from The Japan Times:
The fate of the alliance between Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., which sold over 10 million vehicles worldwide in 2017, may appear unstable without the longtime charismatic leader at the helm, but analysts interviewed by The Japan Times said the three companies will likely try to maintain their current relationships since they can’t afford to scrap established joint cost reductions and development initiatives amid rising competition.Source: BBC, The Japan Times