Renault COO is eyeing CEO post at GM or Ford

Article by Anita Panait, on August 16, 2013

Carlos Tavares, Renault SA’s chief operating officer, admitted that he is unlikely to succeed Carlos Ghosn as the next chief executive of the French carmaker. "We have a big leader and he is here to stay," Tavares told Bloomberg. Renault's COO remarked “anyone who is passionate about the auto industry” will conclude that there is a point where one has “the energy and appetite” for a top post.

So, Tavares wants to become the top honcho at General Motors Co. or Ford Motor Co., which CEOs Dan Akerson and Alan Mulally are expected to retire soon. However, Tavares is not the only auto executive aiming to lead one of the Detroit 3. With the US auto industry healthy once again, executives who helped Ford, GM and Chrysler overcome financial collapse and the US economic downturn are bound to have the better curriculum vitae, making them more likely to gain the top post at one of the Detroit 3.

Richard Kolpasky, a managing director at recruiter Boyden Global Executive Search, remarked to Bloomberg that top of the auto industry is filled with "extremely bright, extremely ambitious people" who have the desire to be No. 1., but noted that there is “only one CEO chair when the music stops. In October 2012, Ford named Mark Fields as its new COO, making him a frontrunner to the race to succeed Mullaly as the carmaker’s new CEO.

Ford also announced by then that Mulally will stay at least through 2014. Ray Day, a spokesman for Ford, remarked that the carmaker “takes succession planning very seriously,” noting the company has succession plans in place for each of its key leadership positions. Day said that Ford prefer to develop talent internally, adding that the carmaker “a strong list of internal candidates” for each of its senior leadership positions. [source: automotive news - sub. required]

Topics: renault, ceo, gm, ford

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

A few months ago, Mercedes-Benz promised that they will be treating everyone to a “big surprise” during the Monterey Car Week. And true enough, many of us were stunned as...
by - August 19, 2017
McLaren has already shown some interest in electrifying their models. And initially, we thought that they will just use hybrid systems to use across their current lineup. Nevertheless, we have...
by - August 19, 2017
Fifty years after its glorious victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford launches the 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition at the 2017 Monterey Car Week. The red...
by - August 18, 2017
Hyundai has recently unveiled an unnamed pre-production model of its new fuel cell SUV. We don’t know what to call this model just yet, but sources say that this model...
by - August 18, 2017
This weekend at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the BMW Z4 Concept will make its first public appearance. The good news is that we will finally have a real...
by - August 18, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries