Renault’s internal spying probe was legal, says CEO Carlos Ghosn

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 25, 2011

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn claims that no laws were broken as the company conducted a lengthy internal inquiry over suspicions of industrial spying. The probe resulted to the termination of three executives who have come out to say that they didn’t do anything wrong and that they will sue the company.

These three executives are: Michel Balthazard, former vice president of advanced engineering at Renault; his deputy Bertrand Rochette; and Matthieu Tenenbaum, the former deputy director of the electric vehicles program.

Ghosn told Sunday's Journal du Dimanche newspaper that he was "surprised and shocked" when he was informed last August of the actions of its senior executives by the company’s head of security and its legal director.

Ghosn said that Renault has “very precise procedures." He said that the “usual processes” were used and that he told the teams that in conducting the inquiries, the management has to be involved and should be regularly informed of their progress.

He added that the ethics committee, the group's security service and the management did their jobs and that he “personally followed the progress of this process step by step."

Ghosn didn’t say if a private agency was hired to investigate the three executives. Ghosn declined to provide details, stating that all the information it gathered has been forwarded to the judicial authorities. However, he wanted to emphasize that Renault is “irreproachable from a legal point of view." [via autonews - sub. required]

Topics: renault, france

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