Renault has denied a report that its chief operating officer, Patrick Pelata, had resigned over spy accusations that later turned out to be false. According to French TV channel iTele, Pelata had presented his resignation, which was accepted at an extraordinary board meeting on Monday.
However, a spokesperson for the company stated that it is not true that Pelata had resigned. The Journal Du Dimanche had reported last Sunday that Pelata might resign by Monday over the spy case.
In addition, it disclosed that legal affairs chief Christian Husson, security chief Remi Pagnie and human resources chief Jean-Yves Coudriou might also resign.
The company refused to comment on the Journal du Dimanche report, but has confirmed that it held a special board meeting on Monday to the industrial espionage affair.
In an interview that LCI television had with French Industry Minister Eric Besson on Monday, an external audit on the spy case uncovers serious dysfunctions in the company’s management.
However, he refused to identify the responsible entities, stating that they are named in the external audit report. Last January, the company fired three executives on suspicion of leaking confidential information on the automaker’s electric vehicle program.
The company later admitted that the executives were wrongly accused. The company has since apologized to the falsely accused individuals, offering them reinstatement as well as compensation.