PARIS -- Gilles Le Borgne, PSA Group's longtime chief of engineering and the director of many of the automaker's platform and vehicle projects, will be leaving the company for personal reasons, PSA said Friday. He will be replaced by Nicolas Morel, now senior vice president for vehicle projects.
PSA also said that Carla Gohin, senior vice president for research and advanced engineering, would expand her portfolio as chief technology officer.
Le Borgne, 56, has been executive vice president, quality and engineering, and a member of PSA's executive committee since April 2013. Starting in 1997, he led development of group platforms for small cars including the Peugeot 107 and 207, and the Citroen C2 and C3. In 2008 he was named to lead the group's new EMP2 platform project, which would go on to underpin compact and midsize models such as the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 crossover vehicles. In 2012 Le Borgne was named senior vice president for platforms and advanced projects. He received a degree in industrial ceramics in 1987.
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares noted Le Borgne's contributions in a statement, saying he had driven his teams "with rigor and professionalism in the execution of the vehicles and technological developments of the Push To Pass strategic plan." Tavares said Le Borgne's departure offered the "opportunity to position young talents in key positions in r&d" at PSA.