Ghosn honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Nissan CEO praised for leadership during turnaround

Published: October 9, 2012, 8:00 PM
Updated: November 22, 2021, 3:57 PM

Carlos Ghosn lifetime achievement

In a ceremony today in Prague, Nissan head Carlos Ghosn received the Strategic Management Society's Lifetime Achievement Award, becoming only the fourth person ever and first auto executive to be so honoured.

The Strategic Management Society is a Chicago-based not-for-profit comprising 3,000 international business experts. The group's mandate is to "promote ethical and strategic business stewardship." The Lifetime Achievement Award is not annual, but rather a special designation awarded based on three criteria: sustained strategic leadership and innovation during multiple business cycles; strategic impacts beyond the nominee's specific field; and influence and impact in academia, including in leading business schools and scholarly journals.

Jurors called Ghosn "a truly outstanding corporate strategist and global leader whose impact on strategic thinking will go way beyond the industry he's involved in."

Ghosn made his biggest impact managing Nissan turn-of-the-century turnaround and also through his advocacy of zero-emissions vehicles, according to jurors.

The awards other recipients were Romano Prodi, former president of the European Commission (2011); Herb Kelleher, chairman and chief executive of Southwest Airlines (2003); and Andrew Grove, former CEO and current chairman of the board of Intel.