Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn

SKDKnickerbocker has signed to represent ousted Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested in Tokyo in November for allegedly under-reporting millions of dollars of the automaker's income and using company funds for personal expenses.

Jill Zuckman, managing director of PA in SKDKnick's Washington office, handles the effort to advocate for "responsible fair and a fair trial" for Ghosn. She led the campaign that resulted in the freedom of Alan Gross, who was jailed in Cuba for five years.

The former Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune reporter served in the Obama administration as director of PA at the Dept. of Transportation.

SKDKnick is working as a subcontractor to Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison law firm, which was hired by Ghosn to engage the US media and government and to "call attention to Japan's criminal justice system and heighten awareness of the impact of the case on the willingness of U.S. business executives to engage in business in Japan."

Brad Karp, chairman of Paul Weiss, is on the case.

Mark Penn's Stagwell Group owns SKDKnick.