16 June 2011
FISITA, the world body for automotive engineers, has awarded its highest honour to Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The FISITA Medal is awarded in recognition of particularly distinguished achievement and leadership in the global automotive industry.
Mr. Ghosn received the prestigious award from FISITA President, Ted Robertson, during a ceremony at the close of the European Automotive Engineers Congress in Valencia, Spain on 16 June.
Mr. Ghosn was nominated in recognition of his approach of championing cross-cultural, cross-functional collaboration among engineers and executives throughout the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and for his leadership in bringing zero-emissions vehicle technology to the mass market.
Presenting the medal on behalf of the world-wide community of automotive engineers, FISITA President, Mr. Robertson, described Mr. Ghosn as “an inspiration to the thousands of engineers and executives all over the world who are constantly seeking ways to understand each other better and to work together more productively in order to turn difficult technical challenges into innovative solutions to serve our companies, our customers and our society itself”.
“FISITA’s mission has always been to encourage engineers to cooperate with each other across countries, across continents, and across the divides of culture and language. Mr. Ghosn has done more than any other single leader in the automotive world to promote and empower this cooperation, every day, within the companies he leads.”
Accepting the medal, Mr. Ghosn said: “One of the greatest honours one can aspire to is to be singled out as a leader in innovation and sustainability. The Renault-Nissan Alliance shares these two values and promotes them with its 350,000 employees worldwide, which is why I also accept this honour on their behalf.”
FISITA also made a rare posthumous award of the FISITA Medal to the late Dr. Jack W. Schmidt, former head of engineering at GM Powertrain and a Past President of FISITA. Dan Hancock, GM’s Vice President for Global Strategic Product Alliances and a close friend and colleague of Dr. Schmidt, received the medal on behalf of the Schmidt family.
Previous FISITA Medal winners include: Giovanni Agnelli, Hans List, Francois Michelin, and Shoichiro Toyoda.