PARIS -- Renault SA Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn pledged to "restore trust" in the French carmaker following the firing of three executives falsely accused of corporate spying.
Chief Operating Officer Patrick Pelata, who is stepping down over the affair once a replacement is found, remains an "asset" to the Renault-Nissan corporate alliance, Ghosn said on Friday at the automaker's annual shareholder meeting in Paris.
Renault is missing a permanent operational leader after Pelata resigned April 11 over his role in an internal espionage investigation that led to the executives' wrongful firings in January. Pelata will take a new role within the Renault-Nissan alliance.
The company is seeking to make its main carmaking business consistently profitable with targets unveiled eight weeks before Pelata's exit was announced.
A successor will be chosen "within a timetable that is compatible with the smooth running of the company," Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere, a board member who leads the automaker's governance committee, told investors Friday.
Ghosn, who splits his time between Renault and 43.4 percent-owned Japanese affiliate Nissan Motor Co., handed day-to-day operational control of the French automaker to the COO in 2008.