Carlos Ghosn uses time as fugitive to educate

A university business school in Lebanon is offering a chance to learn from the country’s most famous fugitive executive.

Carlos Ghosn, who schooled Japanese authorities with his daring escape from house arrest, last week unveiled a program to coach executives, offer technology training and encourage startups to create jobs. It’s being offered through the Universit√© Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, a private institution outside Beirut, in an effort to help the country’s collapsing economy.

“Obviously I am not interested in politics but I will dedicate time and effort into supporting Lebanon during this difficult period,” he told Reuters.

At a news conference to announce the program, he said: “This is about creating jobs, employment and entrepreneurs to allow society to take its role in the reconstruction of the country.”

Several international executives, including Jaguar Land Rover CEO Thierry Bollor√©, have agreed to volunteer time to teach courses. Ghosn said he was approached by the university after arriving in Lebanon in late December. The former head of the Nissan-Renault alliance, who was accused by Japanese prosecutors of financial misdeeds, said the executive program would focus on how to turn around companies in trouble, handle a troubled corporate environment and how to “make yourself invaluable” in a company.

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