Jean-Dominique Senard, the boss of Michelin, the world’s second largest tire manufacturer, was named on Thursday at the head of the Renault car manufacturer, and thus, theoretically, the Alliance with Nissan-Mitsubishi.
Renault’s board of directors, who also appointed Thierry Bolloré as chief executive officer, insisted on the priority of the new president to lead the alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi, after the resignation of Carlos Ghosn, currently in custody in Japan.
The board “wishes to actively supervise the operation of the Alliance and decides to entrust its chairman with full responsibility for steering the Alliance on behalf of Renault, in liaison with the Chief Executive Officer”.
Nissan boss Hiroto Saikawa “hailed” these appointments, hoping for “better communication” after several “difficult” weeks. “This is a new page that is turning,” he said.
Aged 66, Jean-Dominique Senard, in addition to having the favors of the French government, enjoys an image of social boss. In addition to his new duties, he will remain Michelin’s president until May, according to the French media.
Thierry Bolloré, 55, joined the Renault group in 2012 from equipment manufacturer Faurecia, and had been acting in the group since late November.
Thursday rather in the day, the French government, through the voice of his word Benjamin Griveaux, had said that the announcement Wednesday, the resignation of the President of Renault, Carlos Ghosn, opens a “new stage” for the French automaker, believing that the mission of the group’s next boss will be to “strengthen the Alliance” with Nissan and Mitsubishi.
Incarcerated in Japan for two months, Carlos Ghosn, who had been managing Renault since 2005, is suspected of failing to report a large portion of his income from his position at Nissan between 2010 and 2018.