People to Watch in International Business

Dominique Thormann


In 1994 Thormann, then head of Renault's investor-relations department, coaxed the French automaker's top finance officer, Carlos Ghosn, into making a presentation to analysts at a big Frankfurt auto show. "It went very well," recalls Thormann, 52. Indeed. The American exec moved back to the U.S. in July to become senior vice president of administration and finance for Nissan North America, which is run by a committee of five. But if Ghosn has a question about Nissan's U.S. ops, which posted $40 billion in sales last year, he calls Thormann first. Wonder why. Hilary Schneider


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