TOKYO -- Carlos Ghosn last week repeated his assertion that he does not want to be CEO of General Motors. But he didn't rule out a board or management role at GM as the result of alliance discussions between Nissan Motor Co., Renault SA and GM.
"I am not a candidate to become anything but CEO of Nissan and CEO of Renault," his two current positions, Ghosn said at a press event here. On the other hand, "if some participation on my part" in GM's management or on its board of directors would help to ensure that the proposed alliance succeeds, then, he said, "fine."
"I think an alliance can bring short-term, medium-term and long-term benefits" to all three parties, he said. "But thinking is not enough. If I cannot size it," by putting concrete numbers to the potential benefits, "I'm not going to do it."
"If we don't agree, we'll stop," he says. "There is no obligation to do it."
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