Nissan's Carlos Ghosn: Not interested in political office -- for now.
Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn has been mentioned for another presidency: Lebanon's.
On Aug. 3, former Lebanese president Amine Gemayel nominated Ghosn as a candidate for the country's presidency, saying he was "the best bet" for the post.
Ghosn was raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and speaks fluent Arabic, among other languages.
Lebanese Broadcasting Co. International interviewed Ghosn on Aug. 9 during a visit to Lebanon. Ghosn told the interviewer he preferred to devote his energies to the private sector. He said he was not interested in seeking political office in Lebanon "for the time being."
Ghosn's grandparents were Brazilian. He graduated from a French university. He holds Brazilian and French, but not Lebanese, citizenship.
In March 2005, Ghosn will become CEO of both Nissan and France's Renault SA, based in Paris. He plans to name a COO at each of the automakers.