PARIS -- Denis Martin will be PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's next human resources director, effective February 16.
Martin will succeed Executive Vice President Human Resources Jean-Luc Vergne, 60, who announced his retirement in early January after nine years with the French carmaker.
Aside from his HR duties, Martin will take over Vergne's spot in PSA's 10-person executive committee.
Martin, a 52 year-old Frenchman, has run PSA's manufacturing site at Rennes, in western France, since June 2008. He has overseen major production changes at the plant, which produces Peugeot's upper-medium 407 and Citroen's upper-medium C5, as well as a workforce reduction plan. He will continue to implement this plan in his new post and will oversee a companywide voluntary workforce reduction scheme approved by unions in late-2008. The voluntary redundancy plan aims to trim 3,550 jobs across the PSA work force, as well as an additional 900 production jobs at the Rennes factory.
Prior to joining PSA, Martin held various management positions with France's state-owned railroad SNCF and auto suppliers Valeo and Magnetti Marelli.
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