Renault has announced that its Chief Operating Officer, Carlos Tavares, “has mutually agreed with Renault to cease as of today his functions of Chief Operating Officer in order to pursue other personal projects.” He will not leave Renault immediately, but details of his new role are as-yet unconfirmed.
Tavares (55) took up the role as Renault COO on July 1, 2011, replacing Patrick Pelata.
He will be replaced in the interim by Renault-Nissan Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Carols Ghosn, who issued a statement thanking Tavares for “successfully contributing to the results of the company throughout his career.”
A Renault spokesman confirmed that its new management organisation would be announced next week.
The move by Tavares is an interesting one. No details have been announced regarding what his new role at Renault will be.
However, Tavares confirmed in a recent interview with Bloomberg that he’d like the chance to be the number one at a major carmaker in the future.
Tavares was being touted as a replacement for Ghosn, whose mandate to run the Renault-Nissan alliance expires in April 2014.
However, as Ghosn is likely to be at the helm of Renault-Nissan for the foreseeable future, it is possible that Tavares has stepped aside in order to be considered to replace one of the many top car company execs that are approaching retirement.
For example, Chairman and CEO of GM, Dan Akerson is 64, and Ford CEO and President, Alan Mulally is 67, although the latter has stated in recent interviews that he’s not ready to retire just yet.