Renault has named a new head of European sales.
Patrick Blain, vice president in charge of sales in France, has replaced Philippe Mellier as Renault's top European sales executive.
The moves came as Renault and Nissan announced major structural changes to their European sales and marketing operations (see story on Page 1).
Mellier, 45, moves to Renault VI, the truck division recently bought by Volvo AB of Sweden. Mellier, who joined Renault as vice president for Europe sales in January 1999, will become executive vice-president of Renault VI, in charge of European operations.
The move anticipates the departure of Patrick Faure, currently Renault VI chairman. Faure will leave the French truckmaker in the autumn after the purchase by Volvo has been completed.
Faure's future job has not been announced. Besides the RVI job, he is head of Renault Sport, and will supervise Renault's comeback to Formula 1.
Blain is replaced by Marie-Christine Caubet, who was in charge of Renault's factory dealer division, Renault France Automobile. Caubet's duties will be taken over by André Bodis, 54. Bodis has led Renault's 'new distribution project,' aimed at reducing car delivery to 15 days. Bodis' job will be split between Bruno Ancelin, vice-president for logistics, and Serge Yoccoz, in charge of sales planning.