Karine Hure-Navarro, 44
Deputy program director, Europe region, Clio and Twingo, Renault
What was your first automotive job and why were you interested in the industry?
My first automotive job was as a core engineer in the lighting sector. This job taught me that the automotive industry was a combination of design, styling and technical challenges.
Born: Rennes, France
Languages: French, English, German
Education: Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Institut des Sciences Appliquees (INSA), Lyon, France
Your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement was the launch of Renault’s autonomous mobility trials in Rouen and Saclay, France last year. They were the first of their kind on an open road in Europe. The Zoe prototypes that made up the fleet could even autonomously handle urban challenges such as getting through roundabouts in traffic at 30 kph. As part of this project I also led negotiations on a partnership between the Renault-Nissan alliance and mobility company Transdev to collaborate on the development and design of robovehicles.
What was your biggest failure and what did it teach you?
When I was working in the purchasing division, we had very challenging targets to reach and I was too demanding with my team. One of my team members was completely demotivated by these tough objectives and his poor results. He decided to quit the team. This experience taught me how important it is to support and coach your team to keep them motivated because a cohesive team is more efficient and performs better.
What is your current challenge at work?
Today, as Deputy Program Director, my daily challenge is to build a vision to ensure profitable growth of the Clio and Twingo in Europe. EVs, hybrid-electric vehicles and new mobility services have to be included in this strategy. It is really important to understand customer expectations and their evolution, locally, in each country in Europe to design the right vehicle content.
What about the auto industry surprises you?
How fast the auto industry is evolving to overcome constraints from environmental and CO2 regulations and to capitalize on digitalization and connectivity trends.
2015-2018: Program director for autonomous mobility services, Renault, Guyancourt, France
2011-2015: Senior purchasing manager, alternators, starters and batteries, Renault, Guyancourt, France
2005-2011: Strategy leader for lighting, Renault, Guyancourt, France
2000-2005: Information system project manager for purchasing, Renault, Boulogne, France
1997-2000: Consultant for SAP information system accounting and purchasing, Andersen Consulting, Paris, France
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Work with passion. Create with enthusiasm. Go beyond your limits, but make sure your team is ready to go there with you.
What advice would you give to a person considering a career in the auto industry?
I would suggest spending time with engineers, designers and the people who build the cars to understand and learn the basics of a car’s DNA. Another piece of advice is to be flexible and ready to react to the ongoing transformation of the automotive industry. It will be challenging because to make future mobility more sustainable will require us to be more customer focused and more closely linked to cities.
What job do you really want to have in the future?
A job that lets me continue working on the future of automotive. I want to keep adapting the customer experience so that the pleasure of driving extends to new ecosystems
What do you do to relax?
I enjoy meeting my friends, spending time with my family, talking with my parents, reading, listening to music and dancing Zumba.
What is your pet peeve?
Waking up before my dream ends.
What was your first car?
My first car was a Renault Twingo. I got it following a serious accident I had with my parent’s car. After the crash I thought that cars were dangerous and mobility wasn’t worth the risk. But with my Twingo it became so easy and so pleasant to drive that I decided to join Renault.
A two-tone Renault Captur to give it a “Cappuccino” effect.
If you were a car, which one would you be?
A blue Alpine A110 because it is so attractive and full of passion. It shows that emotion is a priority for any future business models.