Just how busy is Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta, the man devising and implementing the money-losing automaker's crucial turnaround plan? So busy he doesn't even have time to shave.
When Gupta took the job in December, the formerly clean-shaven executive decided to grow some facial hair as a personalized manifestation of the challenge he was embracing.
Today, he sports truly righteous jaw fur, replete with a regal white-whiskered chin.
During an online town hall with ETAuto.com, Gupta said he considered shaving it all off when Nissan's recovery is complete.
But now, he's not so sure. His European and American team members, he says, give it rave reviews. Plus, there are more pragmatic upsides.
"I'm enjoying it because I save seven minutes in the morning, because I don't have to shave," Gupta said. "And especially now when we are in coronavirus, when you have social distancing, I'm the luckiest guy because I don't have to follow the guidelines to go to the barber shop."