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My Personal History: Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn (1) Up in the air on New Year's

Nissan chief opens up about himself and what it takes to succeed in a global age

| Japan

In 1999, Carlos Ghosn, then the executive vice president of French automaker Renault, arrived in Japan. His mission: save Nissan Motor. As CEO of the struggling company, he would lead a dramatic turnaround, cutting costs and revamping the brand's faded image. In 2005, Ghosn took the helm at Renault, too. Under his leadership, the Renault-Nissan Alliance -- an unprecedented Franco-Japanese carmaking partnership -- has become one of the biggest automotive groups in the world.

Ghosn keeps going. Last December, he became chairman of Mitsubishi Motors, a recent addition to the alliance. All this leaves little time for penning one's memoirs, but Ghosn found time to share his life story in this exclusive 30-part series for the Nikkei Asian Review.

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