The lawyer for former Nissan Motor Co.'s executive Kelly, said his client was merely trying to prevent Ghosn from going to a rival automaker.
At the time, Kelly, then a Nissan executive vice president, was making good money, had a successful career and moreover, was a lawyer.
“He talks like a lawyer, and he thinks like a lawyer,” Kitamura said.
Kelly, according to Kitamura, was just working out ways to pay Ghosn after retirement, through consulting fees and arranging a “non-compete” to prevent him from going to a rival automaker.
“That would be the last day Greg would stay in Japan,” Kitamura said.