Renault has named the head of Nissan Motor Co.'s Americas, Carlos Tavares, as one of the three candidates being considered for the position of chief operating officer, which was formerly held by Patrick Pelata, according to the report of La Tribune on Wednesday. Other executives being considered are CFO Dominique Thorman and executive vice president of product planning and programs Philippe Klein.
Tavares held various top engineering posts for 23 years at Renault before he joined Nissan in 2004.
La Tribune has disclosed that a new COO would be selected by the end of April.
Last January, three executives were dismissed over false accusations that they leaked confidential matters from the automaker's electric vehicle program. An external audit found that the upper management in Renault has "dysfunctions.”
Pelata resigned as chief operating officer on Monday over the industrial espionage controversy, but will temporarily remain as COO before transferring to a position within the company’s alliance with Nissan.
In a separate report from Les Echos, Renault Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn stated in an interview that there are several potential internal candidates for the successor of Pelata, and that the company has a succession plan for all its management. He also said that the company will take a few weeks to scrutinize the various candidates.