Carlos Tavares is the top candidate to replace Renault’s current chief operating officer

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 24, 2011

Carlos Tavares, currently the head of the Americas unit at Nissan Motor Co., is currently the top candidate to replace Renault’s current chief operating officer, Patrick Pelata, as part of a new management structure in the company, according to the Wall Street Journal in its Tuesday report.

The COO position was opened up last April when Pelata resigned after taking responsibility for alleged industrial espionage - but were later acknowledged to be unfounded - against three managers in Renault.

The French newspaper Le Monde reported that the successor to Pelata may be announced as early as next week.

The Wall Street Journal disclosed that Pelata has already met with officials of the French government, which is the company’s leading stakeholder with a 15 percent share.

According to The Journal, a source familiar with the situation revealed that the government is “very attentive” on the new direction that the company as well as its alliance with Nissan is going to take.

In the report of Les Echos in its website, it was revealed that Tavares had already met Economic Affairs and Finance Minister Christine Lagarde as well as Industry Minister Eric Besson earlier this month.

Tavares is currently the executive vice president and a member of the board at Nissan, which is the Japanese partner of Renault. He oversees the operations of Nissan in South, North and Central America and also serves as chairman of its Management Committee-Americas.

Topics: renault, france

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