Renault-Nissan: a close friend of Carlos Ghosn received 500,000 euros

New revelation ... disputed in the Ghosn file. According to the Reuters news agency, the Renault CEO and Greg Kelly, former director of Nissan also suspected by the Japanese justice malversations, have validated in 2013 the payment by Renault-Nissan BV (RNBV), holding company located in the country. - an "additional salary" to Mouna Sepehri, Renault's managing director, also secretary of the board of directors.

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According to various internal documents, between 2013 and 2016, she received 500,000 euros from this subsidiary of which she is a member of the board of directors. Which, according to Reuters, poses a problem of conflict of interest because it is the only salaried director. If these payments do not appear illegal or contrary to the rules of governance, curiously, Renault's board of directors would not have been informed.

"Destabilization Campaign"

A lawyer by training, Mouna Sepehri is a key figure in the alliance between Renault and Nissan, which she helped to form. Close to Carlos Ghosn, this brilliant French-Iranian has experienced, since his arrival in 1996, a rapid rise in this very masculine world. It now controls the communication and the legal and public affairs of the group. Everything goes through it.

At the end of 2018, the CGT, presented to Renault's Board of Directors, alerted Bercy about "opaque" compensation for executives. The Ministry of Finance has since asked for explanations from the builder. Did the CGT target Mouna Sepehri?

In a statement released Thursday night, the group's management felt that this revelation "is part of a campaign of destabilization of the group." The mission in charge of verifying the remuneration elements of the members of the executive committee, including Mouna Sepehri, "concluded their compliance and the absence of fraud" for the fiscal years 2017-2018, she said.