Renault taps Nissan executive as new COO

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Posted: May 30, 2011 4:10 PM
Renault taps Nissan executive as new COO

French automaker Renault says it has named a top executive of Nissan Americas as its chief operating officer _ an effort to get past an embarrassing scandal over false accusations of espionage.

The partially state-owned French car maker said Carlos Tavares, head of operations at the U.S. division of Renault partner Nissan, will take up the post starting Monday.

In a statement, Carlos Ghosn _ the CEO of both Renault and Nissan _ called the appointment of Tavares "a first step in strengthening Renault's management."

Renault in April announced a wide-scale corporate shakeout that included the ouster of Patrick Pelata from the COO post following a scandal over false accusations against three executives for espionage.