PARIS -- How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late?
He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not emotionally.
"We are obviously a target for headhunters, but we are simultaneously recruiting the best and the brightest," he said.
Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen recently went to Cadillac and Nissan planning boss Andy Palmer left to run Aston-Martin. People are wondering why Nissan keeps getting raided.
"In the car industry there is a war for talent," Ghosn said. "You may not see all of it because it is not only top guys. But when you talk about the experts, the specialists, the people who have special skills, there is a lot of hunting taking place. This is part of the game.
"When somebody's talented, he's going to be hunted by someone who says: 'If I can get this guy on my team I can go much faster.'"
So how does a company protect itself from talent raids?
"I think you protect yourself with a very strong succession plan," Ghosn said. "Because if someone is going to leave you, they are going to leave you. What's really important is having a succession strategy."
Could he have been referring to his own succession -- a subject PR folks on hand at dinner declared off the record, assuming you could get someone to talk about it?
Ghosn, 60, Nissan's CEO for 15 years, said only: "My succession plan is not my responsibility. It is the responsibility of the board. It's the only thing I'm not responsible for.
"What I'm responsible for is succession plans inside the company, and as you know, with the departure of the executives, we made replacements very quickly."