PARIS -- Renault Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares will step down from his post two weeks after publicly saying that he would like to run General Motors or Ford Motor.
Tavares is leaving "in order to pursue other personal projects," Renault said in a statement today.
CEO Carlos Ghosn will temporarily carry out Tavares' duties pending changes in the automaker's management organization, the company said.
The move revived speculation that Tavares, who served as Nissan's Americas chief before returning to Renault in 2011, could join one of the U.S. carmakers as a potential CEO candidate.
GM, whose CEO Dan Akerson is 64, said it had not offered Tavares a post. "He's not coming here," Greg Martin, a GM spokesman, said today.
Ford for competitive reasons does not discuss its succession plans externally, Jay Cooney, a spokesman for the automaker, said. Ford maintains it has succession plans in place for all executives including CEO Alan Mulally, 68.
Renault had no comment on Tavares' next move but said he would leave the company at a later date.