What future for Renault after Ghosn scandal

first_img Citation: What future for Renault after Ghosn scandal? (2019, January 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-future-renault-ghosn-scandal.html Explore further Chief Operating Officer Thierry Bollore has temporarily taken over the top job at Renault, and would be a natural choice to replace Carlos Ghosn permanently © 2019 AFP Senard’s posting at the top of the tyre-making giant is coming to an end in May and he is well-liked by the French government, which with a 15 percent stake is Renault’s biggest shareholder. One plausible scenario would see him become chairman of the board, while Bollore would remain on as chief operating officer. PSA chief Carlos Tavares, whom Ghosn ousted from Renault in 2013 for daring to hint that he wanted to run the firm, is also being discussed as a possible successor.Several senior French officials have been dispatched to Tokyo for talks with Nissan chief Hiroto Saikawa, which could speed up the naming of Ghosn’s replacement. A change in leadership structure?Until his arrest Ghosn was simultaneously CEO of Renault and the alliance, as well as board chairman at Nissan and Mitsubishi.Several sources say his replacement at Renault will not necessary also lead the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, which is based in the Netherlands. Renault board maintains Ghosn as CEO, says pay was legal Carlos Ghosn is widely viewed as having been the glue that kept the alliance together Tensions are also running high between Renault and its Japanese partners following the sensational allegations of financial misconduct against Ghosn.What lies ahead for Renault, a company which Ghosn grew into an industrial behemoth as part of the powerful alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi?Who could replace Ghosn?Ghosn is still Renault’s CEO—but he needs to be replaced, with even his own lawyers acknowledging he could remain in jail awaiting trial for months. “It’s a foregone conclusion,” a source close to the matter told AFP.A former senior executive said Renault was “in the process of recruiting Ghosn’s replacement”, while a third source said: “There will be a replacement, we just need to be a little patient.”Thierry Bollore, Renault’s chief operating officer, has temporarily taken the reins and would be Ghosn’s natural heir.Choosing Bollore, a Frenchman with plenty of experience in Asia, would allow for some continuity in a company that has been badly rocked by the Ghosn affair.But several other names are also circulating, including Didier Leroy, executive vice president at Toyota, and Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard. Behind bars in Japan, Carlos Ghosn has already been stripped of his leadership roles at Nissan and Mitsubishi—leaving questions for Renault, the third carmaker in their alliance, over who should steer the French company now. Can the alliance survive?Ghosn, accused of with breach of trust and under-declaring his income, had been seen as the glue binding together the complex three-way structure that makes up the world’s top-selling auto company. Nissan says the alleged financial misconduct came to light through a company whistleblower—a source of angst at Renault, which has denounced what it called a “deliberately orchestrated destabilisation campaign”.The documents passed to investigators have targeted figures close to Ghosn including Mouna Sepehri, Renault’s head of legal affairs and communications.Resentment has long been brewing in Japan over the structure of the alliance, which some say gives Renault an undue share of Nissan’s profits.Some within French company suspect Nissan of seeking to tip the balance of power within the alliance to the detriment of Renault, which currently holds 43 percent of its Japanese partner after saving it from collapse in the early 2000s.Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa dismissed this as “absurd”, saying: “Look at the evidence. It’s serious.”He insisted he was committed to the alliance and had no immediate plans to seek to change its structure.One Paris source suggested changes would be necessary in the top ranks of Nissan for the Franco-Japanese partnership, forged in 1999, to continue.Another source said it was inevitable that there would be “battles for influence” and “score-settling”, but insisted the alliance would live on to see another day. Renault is starting to consider replacing Carlos Ghosn, who remains in custody in Japan over allegations of financial misconduct Renault’s CEO job could even be split up between an executive general manager and board chairman, a structure used by other French companies partly owned by the state.One industry insider said it was “normal” for the recruitment process to take time, adding “the streets are not overflowing” with potential leaders of firms this large.French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire stressed that “there is a pilot in the plane” in Ghosn’s absence in the form of Renault’s temporary leadership. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img

Kids subscription videoondemand service Oznoz ha

first_imgKids subscription video-on-demand service Oznoz has launched on the Apple TV platform.Oznoz, targeted at bilingual and multilingual kids, provides content in over 10 languages, including Arabic, English, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, French, German, Korean, Spanish and Hindi. The service offers content including Sesame Street, Chloe’s Closet, Babar, Pororo, Scaredy Squirrel and Kit n Kate for US$9.99 a month in the US and Canada. Oznoz is currently available on iOS and Android devices.last_img

Michelle Pearson

first_imgby Stacy Chandlerphotographs by Lissa GotwalsDance has taken Michelle Pearson all over the world – as a professional performer, a state department cultural envoy, and a William C. Friday fellow – but she has always had a home at Raleigh’s Arts Together.“It’s kind of like grandma’s house,” she says, “where I come and I’m accepted for exactly who I am.”She grew up dancing with Arts Together, a nonprofit community school just west of downtown that offers classes in dance, art, drama and more for children and adults. And these days Pearson, 42, is back, teaching what she calls a “hard-core technique” class and doing contemporary choreography for the multigenerational Rainbow Dance Company. She danced with it as a child, and now her daughter does, too.Pearson’s roots at Arts Together, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, run deep. But the branches she has put out into the world since her first days there reach even farther.Pearson started taking dance classes at 8, when she moved to Raleigh, and admits it wasn’t exactly love at first plié. But when she started taking classes from Lemma Mackie, who soon thereafter founded Arts Together, something clicked.Pearson’s involvement with dance grew, and by high school she was dancing five or six days a week. She earned a dance scholarship to East Carolina University, but even then she wasn’t completely sold on dance as a career.“I went to school still not thinking I was going to major in dance,” she says. “I was planning on math or something like that.”But she found that dance had crept into every corner of her life, including math. “I figured calculus out through movement back in high school,” she says. “I was one of these kids, as soon as I could get up and see the different revolutions and the lines and stuff, it made sense.”After college, she headed to New York City, dancing with two companies and waiting tables until her big break, a full-time gig with Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange in Washington, D.C. There, she found that contemporary dance was more than just a way to express herself; it was also a way help others let movement tell their stories, no matter their age, their experience, or their physical or mental limitations.With Dance Exchange, Pearson created dances with children and senior citizens, with shipyard workers, nuns, politicians and the football team from California State University, Chico.The power she can harness from dance to communicate and heal caught the attention of the state department in 2011, when the U.S. embassy in Sierra Leone requested an artist who could help promote healing in a culture dealing with difficult social issues and the aftermath of a brutal war. The war wasn’t something people in Sierra Leone talked much about, Pearson recalls. Slowly, as she worked with artists and citizens in the country, their stories came out.“I realized in my cast (of performers), half of them had been child soldiers. And the other half had hidden in fear from child soldiers,” she said.Pearson with drummers, dancers, and artists in Sierra Leone.Closer to home, Pearson was invited in 2006 to be part of the William C. Friday Fellowship, a program that brings together the brightest leaders in a range of fields to work toward improving human relations in North Carolina. She thinks she was chosen because of her proven success at turning a challenging situation into a creative opportunity: “Being in the room when incredibly difficult conversations are being had, and creating with that. Not dispelling it, not trying to fix it or change someone else’s story, but just bringing it to a place where it can be heard or understood new.”In two years of meetings and brainstorming sessions, Pearson participated alongside the other fellows. But when a particularly thorny issue arose at a weekend retreat and progress was grinding to a halt, she was called upon to lead. She headed up a 30-minute “movement experience” that resulted in clearer heads and forward progress, and dance since has become a regular part of the fellows’ intensive work.Tall and lean, Pearson moves when she’s talking, and even when she’s not – a habit that earned her some good-natured teasing from the more staid lawyers and bankers at Friday fellowship events, she said. She speaks with intensity, in a voice that has retained a subtle Southern lilt amid all her travels. All the while, she locks eyes with a listener, not as a challenge, but as an invitation to engage fully, as she does, with the topic at hand.Beyond the stageSo much of Pearson’s work these days makes dance reach far beyond the stage, past the seats of the theater, out of its doors, and into the wide world.She has stayed connected with Dance Exchange as an artistic associate and leader of the MetLife Healthy Living Initiative, and she is the “artistic curator” for Black Box Dance Theater, a Raleigh group formerly known as Even Exchange. She travels the state and beyond as a guest artist for universities and elementary schools and for sessions with wounded warriors, the elderly – anyone for whom dance can provide healing.But don’t call her a dance therapist.“I’m a dancer,” she says. “It’s dance that’s therapeutic. It’s dance that builds community. It’s dance that’s educational. It’s dance that’s healing. I’m just a dancer. And I have this skill to invite participation and craft what is elicited into something that is recognized as powerful, beautiful.”When she’s applying those skills at Arts Together, she works to cultivate the power of dance over the mind as well as the body.“When I teach my class, I want the material to be hard and to be fun and to be challenging. I want people to sweat. I want them to hurt a little bit tomorrow,” she says. “But I also want them to feel like it mattered that they were here. It mattered that they felt like more than just their body was dancing. More than just their muscles and bones were moving.”She adds: “There’s something uniquely human that is part of their dancing. And I think that’s my mission here at Arts Together. I feel like maybe that’s what I received as a child, that I mattered, and it’s the thing that I want to carry on.”last_img

5 Ski Resorts For A Day Trip From Tokyo 20192020

first_imgImage courtesy of Fujimi Development Public CorporationFujimi Panorama Resort is located in Nagano, two hours and 15 minutes away from Shinjuku if you take the limited express train Azusa. This resort is best known for its unique slopes such as a “heart shaped slope” which is very popular with couples. Read also Image courtesy of Norn Minakami Ski ResortNorn Minakami Ski Resort is accessible in one and a half hours from Tokyo by the Jōetsu bullet train. Norn Minakami Ski Resort is open until 22:00 from Sunday to Thursday and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Various types of discounted tickets are available depending on which time of the day you ski, such as the early morning pass, twilight pass and night pass. Norn Minakami Ski Resort has pretty steep slopes which are ideal for intermediate level skiers and above.Season: December 20, 2019, to April 5, 2020It takes around 20 minutes by free shuttle from Minakami Station. Norn Ski Resort View Informationamusement_parkstoreEnjoy a Day of Skiing Near Tokyo!How do you like the ski resorts we introduced here? Getting out of Tokyo and going to ski on a day trip is a fun and relaxing activity. The mountains in Japan offer an amazing landscape in the winter. We hope you enjoy skiing and winter sports. Top 5 Ski Resorts In Snowy Hokkaido For Winter 2019-2020 JR TOKYO Wide Pass – Travel Economically To GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort Image courtesy of Fujiyama Resort Co., LtdSnow Town Yeti is located two hours and 40 minutes away from Shinjuku by bus. In fact, direct buses from Tokyo to Snow Town Yeti are operated from 18 stations in total such as Hachioji, Shinagawa, Machida, Yokohama Station, and others. You can get on a bus at a station close to your place and you will soon be at the ski resort, which is really convenient, isn’t it? 2. Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Area in Nagano Prefecture Skiing and Winter Sports Near Tokyo – Enjoy the Snowy Season!Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports in Japan. If you visit Japan in the winter and have at least one or two days at your disposal to travel to a ski resort, we highly recommend you go skiing, snowboarding, and playing in Japan’s mountainous areas.We introduce here seasonal information and five ski resorts great for day trips from Tokyo. Located in Niigata, Nagano, and other nearby prefectures, all boast high-quality snow and easy access from the city.1. GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort in Niigata Prefecture Image courtesy of Fujiyama ResortSnow Town Yeti is the only place where you can ski with Mount Fuji in the background. Snow Town Yeti opens the earliest in Japan because it uses devices for making artificial snow. You can ski here even during the fall foliage season.Season: October 25, 2019, to April 5, 2020For those taking the train, it is about a 56-minute bus ride from JR Gotemba Station or a 5-minute bus ride from JR Susuno Station to the resort. Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti View Information5. Norn Minakami Ski Resort in Gunma Prefecture Image courtesy of Prince Hotels, Inc.A one-hour bullet train ride brings you from Tokyo to Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Area or “KaruSki” for short. Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Area offers free lift ticket service for kids as well as a snow stadium where you can try sledding and snow tubing. These features make Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Area a very child-friendly ski resort. Snow, Hot Springs, And Exquisite Food! Enjoy Nagano’s Winter At KAI Alps The Beauty Of Kusatsu Onsen In Winter: Snowflakes And Hot Springs Read also Visiting Japan In Winter 2019-2020: Temperatures, Clothing, Travel Tips Image courtesy of GALA Yuzawa CorporationGALA Yuzawa Snow Resort is located right near a Shinkansen (bullet train) station, so it is a really convenient ski resort to go to. If you take the bullet train called Max Tanigawa which brings you directly to Gala-Yuzawa Station from Tokyo Station, you can reach it in only 75 minutes. At the exit from the ticket gate at the train station, a ticket counter of the ski resort will welcome you. You can change into your ski clothes and take a ski lift up to the top of the mountain right there. Image courtesy of GALA Yuzawa CorporationGALA Yuzawa Snow Resort has courses for all ability levels and a total of 17 ski trails are available. Gondolas for going down the mountain can become really crowded when people head home. It is possible to ski down the mountain but some of the paths might be difficult for beginners. If you are planning to ride a gondola on your way back, it is better to estimate that it would take a longer time than it usually takes.Season: December 14, 2019 to May 6, 2020 GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort View Informationlodgingrestaurant Sapporo Snow Festival 2020 – An Extravaganza Of Snow And Ice Image courtesy of Prince Hotels, Inc.Above is a preview of some of the courses you can try at the resort. The East High-speed Lift also runs as a sightseeing lift and even for night tours, allowing visitors to ride the lift even if they don’t ski at all.Season: November 2, 2019, to April 5, 2020 Karuizawa Princehotel Snow Resort View Information3. Fujimi Panorama Resort in Nagano Prefecture Image courtesy of Fujimi development public corporationThere is a saying that if you go to the Yatsugatake observation deck or to a fashionable restaurant on the top of the mountain then ski down the heart slope, you will live happily ever after.The closest station to the resort is Fujimi. It is around a 10-minute bus ride to reach Fujimi Panorama Resort from the station.Season: December 7, 2019, to April 5, 2020 Fujimi Panorama Resort View Information4. Snow Town Yeti in Shizuoka Prefecturelast_img

London or no Geraghty on guiding JetBlues future

first_imgJetBlue Airways has teased the prospect of launching flights to Europe for years. Now, under the leadership of president and chief operating officer Joanna Geraghty, the carrier might be inching ever closer to introducing service to London from New York JFK and Boston.“London is on the top of the list that is not served,” Geraghty tells Runway Girl Network. “It’s no big secret we’ve been looking at the A321LR. It’s within our Airbus contract.” JetBlue has orders for 85 A321neos, the first of which will be delivered this year.Auxiliary fuel tanks would provide the additional range needed to kick-start European service, and the airline would require ETOPs certification. “It’s something we are always looking at,” said Geraghty.She is convinced that JetBlue could easily handle any service upgrades required for long-haul, international flights. “We did an exceptional job with Mint service,” she said in reference to the upscale, premium product offered on select JetBlue flights.The carrier’s Mint service includes lie-flat seats, artisanal dining, plenty of free entertainment, and more on select coast-to-coast and Caribbean flights. Image: JetBlue AirwaysA foray into European markets could be a game changer, but Geraghty is already making her mark at JetBlue in a number of ways.For example, ground crew members who worked in the sweltering heat at Orlando complained about working in long pants and long sleeve shirts designed to cover tattoos. So the employees voiced their concerns to the then-head of customer experience, Joanna Geraghty.  The policy was reviewed and the requisite changes were quickly made.“Crew members need to be happy,” Geraghty explained. “You take care of your people, they take care of your customer. Whether its pay, benefits, tattoos or nail polish color, we try to find solutions to make their work life better.”Geraghty began her career with JetBlue in 2005. As an attorney, she served as a vice president, handling litigation and regulatory affairs for the airline, and eventually became EVP customer experience. She was named president and COO in May 2018.She joins a very select group of women who are in the C-Suite at airlines. A major challenge presented itself when Geraghty was promoted to her current role. The carrier needed to trim $300 million from operating costs by 2020.“We realigned the leadership team to focus the right sources on the right work,” said Geraghty. Currently, the airline still has about 200 people coming through training programs every other week, as new hires or to backfill vacant slots, she said.Joanna Geraghty is among a small but growing group of women serving in the C-Suite at airlines. Image: JetBlueOn the horizon, JetBlue will see some significant changes in its fleet beginning in 2020. The carrier has 60 firm orders and 60 options for new Airbus A220s, previously known as Bombardier C Series aircraft, which will replace the carrier’s fleet of Embraer 190 regional jets. “That aircraft is absolutely beautiful,” said Geraghty in describing the A220. Capacity starts at 100 seats, but Geraghty declined to reveal what the JetBlue configuration would be.Geraghty is a firm believer in an open door policy for team members, but admits there is a challenge when the workforce is scattered geographically. “You need to stay connected with your team. You can’t lose that connection.”She recently unveiled a new program, ‘Ask Joanna’, which is posted on the airline’s Hello JetBlue-branded corporate website. Employees can voice their opinions or have their questions answered. Thus far, the response has been positive, she said, but the challenge has been in managing the sheer volume.With an eye to the future, Geraghty has always been a supporter of programs aimed at promoting  studies in science, technology, engineering and math for young women. She serves as president of the JetBlue Foundation, which is committed to supporting aviation-related education and STEM initiatives.“We are the only airline with a dedicated foundation for creating opportunities in STEM programs.” Geraghty explained. The foundation has provided $1 million in grants to increase opportunities and to expose girls and young women to the wide and varied career paths in aviation. “It’s a great industry – exciting and inspiring.”While women continue to rise in the ranks, there is still a paucity in the higher executive ranks, but with people like Geraghty and other professional women in the pipeline serving in management, operations, revenue management, finance and other leadership roles, the situation is likely to change.Related Articles:Op-Ed: A woman’s place is in the flight deck and the C-SuiteJetBlue picks A220-300 over E195-E2 in closely fought battleAir France commits to further improving gender diversity and equalityAviation and tech company chief seeks to increase women in both fieldsOp-Ed: Airlines say they want more women but can’t find their C-spotJetBlue to launch Airbus Airspace cabin for A320 familyBehind the Livery: A talk with JetBlue graphic designer Ciara CordascoSuccessful Mint rollout prompts crew training refresh at JetBlueConsidering JetBlue’s IFE options for the Airbus A320neoSix ways airlines use creative training to build confident cabin crewlast_img