PARIS -- BMWs top executive in France, Nicolas Wertans, is moving to PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, where sources say he will play an important role in creating sales and marketing synergies between the Peugeot and Citroen brands.
Wertans, currently president of BMW France, is a 40-year-old Frenchman and former Ford of Europe executive.
He is expected to join PSAs upper management group, alongside manufacturing boss Roland Vardanega, Peugeot managing director Jean-Philippe Collin, programs head Gregoire Olivier and an as-yet unnamed managing director of Citroen.
BMW announced January 9 that Wertans would leave the German carmaker at the end of the month after two years running its French subsidiary.
A PSA spokesman said Wertans will not be replacing Gilles Michel, who resigned as managing director of the Citroen brand last month to take over the French governments new sovereign wealth fund.
PSA CEO Christian Streiff is overseeing the Citroen brand until PSA chooses Michels successor.
Before he joined BMW, Wertans spent the 1994 to 2005 period in a variety of posts with Ford of Europe in France, the UK and Switzerland.