RENNES, France -- Renault has promoted its Europe head, Stefan Mueller, to the role of chief performance officer, making the executive one of CEO Carlos Ghosn's top two lieutenants.
Mueller will succeed Jerome Stoll, who is taking retirement but will oversee a new motor sports unit at the French automaker, according to a company statement.
Mueller, 55, will be joint No. 2 at Renault with Thierry Bollore, the automaker's chief competitive officer. Ghosn created the roles of chief performance officer and chief competitive officer in 2013 after chief operating officer Carlos Tavares quit. Tavares is now PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO.
Mueller, dual German-Swiss national, worked for BMW, Ford and Volkswagen before joining Renault four years ago. His previous jobs included BMW's director of dealer development in the U.S., head of brand and distribution development at Ford's Premier Automotive Group and head of VW Group's Audi and VW brand operations in Germany.