The Reading / Listening - Carlos Ghosn - Level 5

Carlos Ghosn, the well-known automotive industry leader, said he will step down as Nissan Motor's president and CEO from April 1. The hugely successful Mr Ghosn will stay with Nissan as chairman. He will look after a group of carmakers that includes Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi. Ghosn told reporters: "I'm stepping down…because it's the right moment and I have the right team. I think after 16 years as CEO…of Nissan, I can say today that what I can bring to Nissan, I have already brought." He added: "Nissan is profitable, financially healthy, with a clear strategy."



Carlos Ghosn joined Nissan as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 1999. He became president in 2000 and CEO the following year. He turned Nissan around by producing attractive new cars and models. His cost-cutting strategies earned him the nickname "The Cost Killer". Following Nissan's turnaround, Fortune magazine named him as Asia Businessman of the Year in 2002. A year later, the magazine said he was one of the 10 most powerful people in business outside the USA. He became a celebrity in Japan, where his life story was told in a manga comic book.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Carlos Ghosn - Level 4 or  Carlos Ghosn - Level 6

Sources
  • http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Nissan-s-Ghosn-shifts-from-CEO-to-guardian-of-alliance
  • http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/23/business/corporate-business/ghosn-taps-veteran-nissan-exec-saikawa-replace-ceo/
  • http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1109016_carlos-ghosn-steps-down-as-ceo-of-nissan
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Ghosn


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the well-known automotive
  2. he will step down as
  3. The hugely
  4. a group of carmakers that
  5. it's the right
  6. I have
  7. Nissan is
  8. a clear
  1. includes Nissan
  2. successful Mr Ghosn
  3. the right team
  4. strategy
  5. profitable
  6. industry leader
  7. moment
  8. Nissan Motor's president

Paragraph 2

  1. He became president in 2000 and
  2. He turned Nissan
  3. attractive new cars
  4. cost-cutting
  5. one of the 10 most powerful
  6. outside
  7. He became a celebrity
  8. his life story was told
  1. the USA
  2. in Japan
  3. around
  4. in a manga comic book
  5. strategies
  6. CEO the following year
  7. and models
  8. people in business

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Carlos Ghosn, the well-known (1) ___________________ leader, said he will step down as Nissan Motor's president and CEO from April 1. The (2) ___________________ Mr Ghosn will stay with Nissan as chairman. He will look (3) ___________________ carmakers that includes Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi. Ghosn told reporters: "I'm stepping down…because it's (4) ___________________ and I have the right team. I think after 16 years as CEO…of Nissan, I can say today (5) ___________________ bring to Nissan, I have already brought." He added: "Nissan is profitable, financially healthy, (6) ___________________."

Carlos Ghosn joined Nissan as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 1999. He became president in 2000 and CEO (7) ___________________. He turned Nissan around (8) ___________________ new cars and models. His cost-cutting strategies earned (9) ___________________ "The Cost Killer". Following Nissan's turnaround, Fortune magazine (10) ___________________ Asia Businessman of the Year in 2002. A year later, the magazine said (11) ___________________ 10 most powerful people in business outside the USA. He became a celebrity in Japan, where his life (12) ___________________ manga comic book.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

CarlosGhosn,thewell-knownautomotiveindustryleader,saidhewills
tepdownasNissanMotor'spresidentandCEOfromApril1.Thehugelysu
ccessfulMrGhosnwillstaywithNissanaschairman.Hewilllookafteragro
upofcarmakersthatincludesNissan,RenaultandMitsubishi.Ghosntold
reporters:"I'msteppingdown…becauseit'stherightmomentandIhave
therightteam.Ithinkafter16yearsasCEO…ofNissan,Icansaytodaytha
twhatIcanbringtoNissan,Ihavealreadybrought."Headded:"Nissanis
profitable,financiallyhealthy,withaclearstrategy."CarlosGhosnjoine
dNissanasChiefOperatingOfficer(COO)in1999.Hebecamepresidenti
n2000andCEOthefollowingyear.HeturnedNissanaroundbyproducin
gattractivenewcarsandmodels.Hiscost-cuttingstrategiesearnedhi
mthenickname"TheCostKiller".FollowingNissan'sturnaround,Fortun
emagazinenamedhimasAsiaBusinessmanoftheYearin2002.Ayearlat
er,themagazinesaidhewasoneofthe10mostpowerfulpeopleinbusine
ssoutsidetheUSA.HebecameacelebrityinJapan,wherehislifestorywa
stoldinamangacomicbook.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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