PARIS — Renault named Gilles Le Borgne, a former PSA Group executive, as head of engineering, replacing Gaspar Gascon Abellan, who is leaving the automaker.
Le Borgne, 57, will be an executive vice president and member of Renault’s executive committee. He will report to interim CEO Clothilde Delbos.
Le Borgne started in his new role on Jan. 6, Renault said in a news release.
Le Borgne left PSA last April after serving as executive vice president, quality and engineering since 2013. He was also a member of PSA’s executive committee.
At PSA, Le Borgne helped to direct many of the automaker's platform and vehicle projects. Starting in 1997, he led the 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. Le Borgne was named senior vice president for platforms and advanced projects in 2012.
Le Borgne received an Automotive News Europe Eurostar award in the Product Development Executive category in 2018.
Le Borgne's predecessor, Abellan, left the automaker to “pursue personal projects,” Renault said.
Abellan joined Renault in 1990 and held executive positions in engineering and powertrain development, including as vice president and project director for diesel engines from 2005-2011. In 2011 he was named vice president for powertrain projects, strategy and partnerships, and in 2014 he became senior vice president and head of powertrain engineering.