Carlos Tavares Quits As Chief Operating Officer for Renault
CEO Carlos Ghosn will temporarily take up a position as COO as well until a suitable replacement can be found.
Tavares was appointed in 2011 as COO after a position as chairman of Nissan Americas. At the time, he replaced former COO, Patrick Pelata, was forced to leave in the wake of the spy-that-never-was scandal.
The true reason why he is now leaving Renault can be found in a recent interview with Bloomberg, where Tavares said he would like a number one (CEO) position but can't because of the "lead" secured by Ghosn. Unwisely, he said he wold like to run either Ford or General Motors, which probably cost him his job.
"Anyone who is passionate about the auto industry comes to a conclusion that there is a point where you have the energy and appetite for a No. 1 position," Tavares said in the interview which took place just two weeks ago.