PARIS -- Renault Group has named Nicolas Maure, currently chief turnaround officer, as CEO of operations in Russia – the group's second-largest market after France -- and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Maure, who will report to CEO Luca de Meo, will have responsibility for the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia, Renault said a news release on Thursday.
Maure joined Renault in 2000 as a purchasing director after working at suppliers Valeo and Faurecia. In 2006 he was named director of the Dacia powertrain plant in Romania, and in 2008 he became vice president, powertrain, at the Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization. He was named vice president, group manufacturing performance in 2013 and in 2014 became managing director, Renault Group Romania and CEO of Dacia.
He was named president and CEO of Renault’s Russian subsidiary, AvtoVAZ, which makes the Lada brand, in 2016, and in 2018 was appointed group senior vice president and chairman of the Eurasia Region. De Meo appointed him executive vice president and chief turnaround officer in September 2020, just after de Meo released his “Renaulution” plan to restore profits at the money-losing automaker.
Under the plan, Renault is combining Dacia and Lada into a single business unit. The two brands will share jointly developed models, starting with a compact SUV.
Renault-Nissan Alliance brands hold a 47 percent market share in Russia through the first two months of this year, including vehicles from market leader Lada, Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Datsun and Infiniti.