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Expert comment: Press conference adds to drama but still hard to say what Carlos Ghosn did wrong

Posted by Warwick Business School at 09 January 2020, 00:30 CET |
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Following the press conference given by Carlos Ghosn, Professor Christian Stadler, an expert in leadership and the automotive industry at Warwick Business School, said:

"The manner of Carlos Ghosn's escape has captured the imagination of people worldwide because it has a touch of James Bond about it, you can see a Hollywood move being made about it.

"This press conference added to that drama and gave Mr Ghosn a chance to to refute the allegations against him.

"It is still very hard to say exactly what he did wrong. Part of that might be down to differing perspectives. Things we might not see as that bad in the West, might be viewed very differently in Japan.

"It is not uncommon for judicial systems to treat foreign businesses more severely. For example, we have seen EU courts hand out bigger fines to non-EU companies. It is possible that a similar thing could be happening here. Mr Ghosn hinted at that during his speech.

"As expected, he also pointed the finger at Nissan executives. If we accept that Mr Ghosn did under-report some of his incomes, it is hard to see why auditors did not catch that early on. It is convenient that it came to light during the boardroom fallout."

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