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Former Volkswagen Group Seat director Luca de Meo to head Renault

01/29/2020 - 08:53

Luca de Meo has been appointed as Renault's chief executive officer, the company said. Previously, Mr. de Meo headed the Volkswagen Group Seat.

AUDI AG via flickr
AUDI AG via flickr
“Luca de Meo is a great strategist and visionary of the rapidly changing automotive world. His experience, as well as his passion for cars, make him a real asset for the group,” reads a statement of Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard. Luca de Meo will begin work on July 1, 2020.

Acting Director General Clotilde Delbos has been appointed as his deputy. Ms. Delbos headed the company after the departure of the former head of Renault — Nissan — Mitsubishi Carlos Ghosn.

53-year-old Luca de Meo has over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. He worked at Toyota Europe, Fiat Group, Volkswagen Group, Audi AG. From November 2015 to January 2020, he was a member of the Supervisory Boards of Ducati and Lamborghini, as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Volkswagen Group in Italy.

Recall that Carlos Ghosn has been under investigation in Japan since November 2018. Back then, Nissan accused the chairman of the board of directors of financial fraud; Renault and Mitsubishi joined the charges later. He was twice released on bail.

On December 30, 2019, it became known about the flight of the former top manager to Lebanon, where his parents live. Mr. Ghosn later stated that he had fled from the “unjust and political persecution” he was subjected to in Japan.