PARIS -- Renault confirmed the departure of its chief performance officer, Stefan Mueller.
Mueller is leaving the company for health reasons, with his departure effective Feb. 19, Renault said in a statement on Wednesday.
Reuters reported on Feb. 9 that Mueller was leaving the company, likely clearing the way for rival candidate Thierry Bollore to be named second-in-command and eventual successor to CEO Carlos Ghosn.
Mueller is joint No. 2 at Renault with Bollore, who is the company's chief competitiveness officer. Mueller had been vying for the top post in the succession process underway at the French automaker.
Mueller, 57, worked for BMW, Ford and Volkswagen during his career. He joined Renault in 2012 as head of its Europe region and was promoted to chief performance officer in 2016.