Carlos Tavares made it clear last summer that he was no longer satisfied to remain Carlos Ghosn's No. 2 at Renault. His candor got him fired but it also got him what he wanted: the chance to be CEO of a major global automaker. Tavares is now the No. 1 at PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. He described how the deal was done and shared some initial insights into his new company during an interview with Automotive News Europe Editor Luca Ciferri.
When and how did you know you would be offered PSA's top job?
It was autumn of last year. A headhunter contacted me.
What happened next?
I met individually with all the supervisory board members. The discussions were very interesting. They are great people. I was very pleased that I got their unanimous support when they voted.
Were you considering other jobs?
There were several options but PSA was the one that represented the biggest challenge in terms of the magnitude of the challenge.
How long did it take you to decide to accept the job?
The time it took to discuss it with my wife.
Do you have the hardest job in the automotive industry?
No, that would be arrogant to say. I certainly have the most exciting one, because when you have the opportunity to contribute to a turnaround, I think that’s exciting.