Michel Faivre-Duboz has been named Renault's senior vice president, supply chain and logistics, from 2 January 2008. Also a member of the management committee, he will report to Michel Gornet, executive vice president, manufacturing and logistics.

Renault's new supply chain and logistics department will directly manage or coordinate all the strategic and operational aspects involved worldwide in the logistics chain, which begins when parts leave supplier plants and ends when vehicles are delivered to customers, to ensure customer delivery times and the best possible vehicle prices, quality and reliability, Renault said.

Main strategic tasks involve managing production and transport capacities, organising and scheduling transport routes, and packaging.

Operational responsibilities include plant scheduling, supplying plants with parts and components, and distributing vehicles.

The automaker also said Nadine Leclair will become senior vice president, vehicle engineering development the same day, replacing Michel Faivre-Duboz and reporting to Jean-Louis Ricaud, executive vice president, engineering and quality.

Faivre-Duboz has an engineering and production background at Renault while Faivre-Duboz, also an engineer, has worked mainly on product development.