BEIJING( 3 (Xinhua) — Bob Lutz, the outspoken former vice chairman of General Motors, believes that Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co., has fallen to the altar and become struck by being an international fugitive today because he is too egoistic, according tomedia reports. Mr Lutz said he had known Mr Ghosn for years and that the now embattled former Nissan executive had a “God complex” and a “CEO disease” and thought he was omnipresent because he could be “above the law” with power in his hands.
“This type of character is often easy to cross the line and do what a lot of other people don’t do because they think they’re so important, they have so deep connections, their economic status is so important that no one will blame them,” Lutz told CNBC, a Us financial news agency, on Thursday. “
Mr Ghosn led the three carmakers in the alliance between Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi Motors. On Monday, he secretly fled Japan to Lebanon to escape what he called “manipulated” Japanese justice system and “political persecution.”
Mr. Ghosn said Thursday that he had planned to flee Japan and that his family was not involved in the plan.
Mr Lutz said he did not say Mr Ghosn was “convicted” but would have been “very surprised if it was the result of an elaborate plot and Mr Ghosn himself was completely innocent”.
“He’s a control freak and needs to build up a lot of power,” Lutz said. I mean, it’s hard to be the CEO of three or four car companies at the same time, because no matter how good a person is, there’s only 24 hours a day, and some of that time has to be spent sleeping. Without the delegation of most of the powers, it is not possible to discharge these responsibilities in a really good way. “
According to Lutz, Mr. Ghosn is more of a “head of state than a CEO” who has “the qualities of a man who sees himself too seriously.”