The International Business Machines (IBM) board of directors has elected Carlos Ghosn to its Board of Director, effective March 1, 2004. Mr. Ghosn is co-chairman, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM chairman and CEO, said in a written statement: "Carlos Ghosn's international business experience and perspective will make him a valuable addition to our board. We are very pleased that he will be joining the IBM board."
Mr. Ghosn, a director of Nissan since 1999, has served as co- chairman of Nissan since June of last year and as president and chief executive officer since 2001. He was COO of Nissan from 1999 to 2001.
In addition, Mr. Ghosn served as executive vice president of Renault S.A. of France from 1996 to 1999. From 1979 to 1996 he held a number of executive positions with Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin in Europe, Brazil, and the U.S., the last being chairman, president and CEO of Michelin North America, Inc., from 1990 to 1996.
Mr. Ghosn was born in Brazil and holds engineering degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines de Paris in France. He is also a member of the board of directors of Alcoa, Inc., Renault S.A. and Sony Corporation.
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