Yesterday, Lebanese-French-Brazilian business tycoon Carlos Ghosn received a special surprise from LibanPost during a ceremony held at the Yacht Club in Zaytouna Bay in the presence of government officials, business leaders, and local and international media representatives.
Organized under the patronage of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, himself represented by Minister of Telecommunications Jamal Jarrah, LibanPost revealed its latest series of stamps, giving homage to Ghosn, as part of their goal to promote Lebanon’s rich culture and history and to highlight the impact of Lebanese citizens all over the globe.
Ghosn has a reputation for rapidly turning around struggling and unprofitable ventures through his dynamic leadership and innovative restructuring tactics. Ghosn, who was first an executive at tire manufacturer Michelin, is famous for the Renault restructuring he led in the late 1990s, as well as for saving Nissan from bankruptcy in the early 2000s. He is the Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a strategic partnership that brought together top international automobile companies, including French-based Renault, and Japanese-based Nissan Motor Company Ltd and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. This alliance, made from previously struggling corporations, is now the largest automobile manufacturing group in the world.
LibanPost’s CEO, Khalil Daoud, highlighted the importance of the event: “This is the first time we are issuing a stamp that carries the name of an exceptional businessman, whose achievements have reached the entire world while keeping his roots deeply implanted in Lebanese soil”. Daoud also praised Ghosn as “a Lebanese pioneer at heart and an exceptional achiever even during the most severe international economic crisis, transforming the companies he chaired into the largest automobile manufacturing group in the world”.
On the other hand, Jamal Jarrah described the stamp as one that is a “Lebanese success story showing excellence”, adding that “it is a Lebanese message that Ghosn has carried to the world, making us proud to say that we are Lebanese, coming from the country of Carlos Ghosn”.
In an interview between NaharNet and Ronnie Richa, Liban Post’s Senior Marketing Manager, Richa justified the company’s choice to honor the career of Carlos Ghosn as he “perfectly fits the LibanPost criteria to be featured on a collectable stamp. He has shown true pride in his Lebanese identity and we, as Lebanese, are fortunate to see such a dynamic and inspirational figure representing Lebanon on the world stage and serving as a role model for Lebanese youth about what can be achieve with hard work and integrity. This ethos can be summed in Carlos’ own words: ‘Don’t believe what I say. Believe what I do’”.
Ghosn was given a commemorative plaque honoring his unique accomplishments and success, and praising his safeguarded bond with his homeland Lebanon.