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Renault confirms Luca de Meo as new CEO

By Dave Leggett | 28 January 2020

His in-tray will be sizeable

His in-tray will be sizeable

Following a board meeting today, Luca de Meo has been confirmed as the new CEO of Renault.

The official announcement follows a period of talks - as reported by just-auto - between De Meo and Renault following his recent departure as Seat chief executive. After the loss of Carlos Ghosn, Renault faces a number of strategic questions - not least in clarifying its future relationship with Alliance partner Nissan. 

In a statement, Renault said the board considered that 'Luca de Meo, through his career, his experience and his success in his previous functions, combines all the qualities to contribute to all aspects of Groupe Renault's development and transformation'.

Mrs. Clotilde Delbos, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Renault S.A. will continue to assume her functions until Luca de Meo takes office. In addition, the Board of Directors gave a favorable opinion on her appointment to the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Renault S.A., effective July 1, 2020.

Mr. Jean-Dominique Senard, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: "I am delighted with this new governance, which marks a decisive step for the Group and for the Alliance. Luca de Meo is a great strategist and visionary of a rapidly changing automotive world. His expertise but also his passion for cars make him a real asset for the Group. I also thank Clotilde Delbos who provides interim management of the Group in an exceptional manner. She has demonstrated day after day her commitment and determination in the service of Renault. Together, with the support of a renewed and strengthened executive committee, they will form a high-quality, multi-talented team equal to Renault's ambitions."

Luca de Meo

Born in Italy in Milan in 1967, Luca de Meo graduated in business administration at the Luigi Bocconi Commercial University in Milan.

Luca de Meo began his career at Renault before joining Toyota Europe, then the Fiat Group where he managed the Lancia, Fiat and Alfa Romeo brands. He has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive sector.

Luca de Meo joined the Volkswagen Group in 2009 as Marketing Director, both for passenger cars of the Volkswagen brand and for the Volkswagen Group. He then held the position of member of the Board of Directors in charge of Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG in 2012.

He was Chairman of the Executive Committee of SEAT from November 1, 2015 until January 2020 and member of the Supervisory Boards Ducati and Lamborghini, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Volkswagen Group in Italy.