Facing a Hill, Nissan Shifts Gears

The carmaker's disappointing quarterly profits may be only a temporary setback for Carlos Ghosn. Investors have yet to weigh in

Carlos Ghosn's ability to meet—and regularly beat—tough targets at Nissan (NSANY) has been a cornerstone of the Japanese automaker's success under the Brazilian native's leadership. It has also helped Nissan deliver the kind of margins and shareholder returns Detroit can only dream about.

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