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FRANCE: Pelata named Ghosn's #2 at Renault

By just-auto.com editorial team | 10 October 2008

Renault on Friday named Patrick Pélata chief operating officer (COO) responsible for day-today operations, reporting to president and CEO Carlos Ghosn. He takes up his new role on Monday (13 October).

"The change was announced consistent with a long-term, pre-determined strategy and the desire of the president to adapt the management of Renault as required by the needs of the business," the carmaker said, adding: "Through the appointment of a COO, the Renault management team has strengthened its operational capabilities ensuring a close focus on day-to-day business matters."

Pélata will be responsible for all operational areas and  all members of the executive committee, plus regional leaders, will report directly to him.

Strategic decision making as well as the finance and public affairs functions will continue to be Ghosn's responsibility.

Ghosn said: "Through his significant knowledge of Renault, through the quality of our relationship [Pelata was one of the French executives hand-picked by Ghosn to accompany him during his spell at Nissan in Japan], and through his involvement in Renault Commitment 2009, he has the right experience and all my confidence to succeed in this new position."

Pélata, 53, holds engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees and a PhD in socio economics from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He joined Renault in 1984 as a manager at the Flins plant.

Between 1985 (Twingo project) and 1998, he held a number of different positions in the engineering department. He became senior vice president, vehicle engineering development in 1998 and joined the Renault management committee.

In 1999, following the creation of the Renault Nissan Alliance, he joined Nissan in Tokyo as executive vice president, corporate and product planning, design and programmes and was a member of the executive committee and the board of directors.

In January 2003, he was appointed chairman of the Nissan Europe management committee and, in July  2005, was appointed executive vice president of plan, product planning and programmes for the Renault group and joined the group executive committee.

Since 1 September last, he has also headed the Europe management committee.