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Tavares Out as Renault COO and One-Time Heir-Apparent to Carlos Ghosn

Executive earlier indicated interest in senior Detroit job.

by on Aug.29, 2013

Now-departed Renault COO Carlos Tavares delivering the keynote speech at the 2011 NY Auto Show while still head of Nissan Americas.

Just weeks after announcing to the world his interest as serving as the chief executive of General Motors or Ford, Carlos Tavares has handed in his keys to the executive washroom at France’s Renault.

While his comments about finding an alternative job in Detroit landed like a shockwave throughout the automotive world, Tavares’ departure from the Paris-based Renault is far less surprising, the only question being whether it was already in the works earlier this month or was the result of his candid comment.

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For its part, the French maker issued a terse release noting that, “M. 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.”

What those other projects might be will now become an object of intense speculation within automotive circles and the auto media alike.