The Man Who Steered Renault to Japan

The alliance with Nissan, says CEO Louis Schweitzer, has delivered faster than I expected -- and much more than anybody expected

Louis Schweitzer, CEO of French auto maker Renault, vaulted his company into the global leagues in 1999 when he forged a historic alliance with Nissan, acquiring a controlling 37% stake in the then-troubled Japanese company. He dispatched his deputy, Carlos Ghosn, on what many thought was an impossible mission -- turning Nissan around.

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