Groupe Renault has name seasoned company executive Fabrice Cambolive senior vice president and chairman of the Africa-Middle-East-India (AMI) region.

He will report to Stefan Mueller, chief performance officer, and join the management committee (CDR).

The appointment follows the departure of Bernard Cambier who will leave the company.

Cambolive is currently CEO of Renault do Brasil where, despite a market that had slumped 19.8%, Renault lifted market share to a record 7.5% thanks to launches of SUV and pick-up ranges developed locally.

Previously, Cambolive held a number of different positions in the group. For four years, he was sales and marketing chief of the Eurasia region and made significant contributions to Renault's growth in Russia and in new markets such as Kazakhstan, Byelorussia and Ukraine.

"With the success of the Kwid in India, the rapid increase in our activities in Iran and very good results for the group in the North-Africa region, 2016 was an excellent year for the AMI region. I am fully confident that Cambolive will build on his strength to increase the AMI region's contribution to Groupe Renault", said Mueller.

Cambolive joined Renault in 1992 and spent his first decade in several international sales and marketing positions in Spain, Switzerland and France.

In 2005, he was appointed marketing director of Renault Germany then moved in 2009 to Romania as general manager of Renault Dacia and Nissan Commercial. In 2011, he was promoted to head sales and marketing for Russia and the Eurasia Region (Russia and ex-CIS countries like Kazakhstan, Byelorussia, Ukraine). Since 2015, he has headed Renault Brazil.