Nissan Board of Directors: Big Moves and Ugly Cars

On March 27, 1999, automakers Nissan and Renault formed an alliance, with Renault buying 36.8% of Nissan’s outstanding stock. The two companies had struggled to find their footing throughout the decade prior, with Renault undergoing privatization in 1996 after more than a half century of ownership by the French government and Nissan facing significant outstanding debts and a declining reputation. Little did they know, Lebanese-French-Brazilian businessman and real life Mr. Bean Carlos Ghosn and his posse in the board of directors have a plan to seize the reins of this new alliance and steer these very different megacorporations through their growing pains toward profitability. At the same time, the old guard at the two companies value the brands they have built and are hesitant to change too much too quickly. Both sides are willing to take drastic measures for their vision of the new Alliance to prevail. The fate of Nissan-Renault is anybody’s guess, but you don’t need to be a business mastermind to know that betrayal, deceit, and a lot of very ugly cars lay on the road ahead…

Committee Overview

Meet the Director

Aidan Parsons is a junior at UF and is excited to direct the Nissan-Renault Board of Directors Crisis Committee. He is from Seattle, WA and is majoring in Computer Science. He had a major car phase his senior year of high school, and his choice for the committee topic can be traced back to a Donut Media video he watched the summer before he went back to college about the topic ( When he’s back home, he drives a manual 2004 Volkswagen Jetta that smells like crayons and he will be overly sentimental about it when it finally gives out on him. Aidan started doing Model UN late in his freshman year of college and got more involved his sophomore year. This is his first time directing a committee. In his free time, Aidan likes to read about politics, throw the frisbee, and spend time with friends.