Renault is declining to comment on reports Nissan executive vice president and Americas region chief Carlos Tavares is being lined up to take former chief operating officer Patrick Pelata’s role.

Pelata resigned following the fall-out from the so-called spy affair in which three sacked executives were completely cleared of any wrongdoing, with no name coming forward for his replacement at the recent annual general shareholder’s meeting in Paris.

However, media reports are speculating that Tavares may be a possible successor although Renault today (25 May) did not shed any light on the matter.

“I see that in the media [about Carlos Tavares] and indeed that is speculation but we don’t give any comments until we announce the final replacement,” a Renault spokeswoman in Paris told just-auto.

“It [announcement] would be in a couple of weeks and before summer, so probably we are heading towards June. But whether it is the beginning, mid or end that I can’t confirm yet.”

Tavares is a member of the board of directors at Nissan and executive vice president in charge of the management committee Americas.