PARIS -- Renault is close to finalizing the shortlist of names for the post of CEO and could complete the list before the end of the year, Jean-Dominique Senard, the automaker's chairman, said on Monday.
Senard told reporters on the sidelines of a French automaker conference that the shortlist would be finished "in a very short space of time."
French newspapers reported last month that Italian executive Luca de Meo, who currently heads Volkswagen Group's Seat brand, is the favorite to take the CEO post.
Renault ousted former CEO Thierry Bollore in October, with Renault and alliance partner Nissan trying to rekindle their relationship after the arrest of the alliance's former head Carlos Ghosn.
Finance director Clotilde Delbos, who is interim CEO, has applied to take the job on a permanent basis, sources told Reuters. Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia, is also said to be a candidate.