PARIS -- Renault is shaking up its top executive ranks with the appointments of a new engineering and quality chief, a new product planning boss and a new China head.
Jean-Michel Billig, 48, will be the automaker's head of engineering and quality, succeeding Odile Desforges, who is retiring. Billig, a French-German national, is currently head of r&d at helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter and takes up his new role on July 1.
Katsumi Nakamura, 58, becomes head of Renault's China business operations on April 1. A Japanese citizen, Nakamura is currently chairman of Renault's Asia-Africa Region.
Thomas Lane, 53, will become head of product planning, also on April 1, succeeding Beatrice Fouchier, who gets a new role that is not yet specified. Lane, a U.S. citizen, is currently Nissan's corporate vice president for product planning.
Lane will also co-ordinate for Renault the company's technology alliance with Daimler.