The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance named Veronique Sarlat-Depotte, currently head of purchasing, to the key post of coordinating shared projects and accelerating cooperation and coordination among the three automakers.
Sarlat-Depotte replaces Hadi Zablit as head of the Alliance Cooperation Office, effective April 1.
Gianluca de Ficchy, the current head of Nissan in Europe and several other regions, will succeed her as head of purchasing. Sarlat-Depotte will remain a member of the Renault management board, and de Ficchy becomes a new member.
The alliance did not say what Zablit's next move would be. He was named alliance general secretary in December 2019, a year after the arrest in Japan of Chairman Carlos Ghosn on charges of fiscal misconduct exposed deep cracks in the alliance, which was formed in 1999 when Renault took a controlling stake in Nissan.
Zablit joined Renault in 1994, and left in 2000 to join Boston Consulting Group. He returned to Renault in 2017.
Sarlat-Depotte, who has a degree in engineering, started her career at Renault in 1989 in purchasing. She was appointed deputy general manager for purchasing at Nissan in 2005 and later became manager.
She then held several alliance-wide purchasing positions before being named an alliance global purchasing director in 2014. In 2015 she became deputy managing director of the Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization (RNPO) and senior vice president, purchasing.
Her appointment comes on the same day as the alliance said Renault would build two models for Mitsubishi in Europe.
De Ficchy, who will hold the titles of executive vice president and purchasing and managing director of the Alliance Purchasing Organization (APO), holds a degree in economics. He joined Renault Group in 2001 at RCI Bank in Italy. In 2007 he joined FGA Capital, a joint venture between Credit Agricole and Fiat, and became CEO in 2013. In 2014 he was appointed CEO of RCI Bank.
He joined Nissan in 2018 as chairman of the European management committee and in October 2020 was named chairman for Nissan's new consolidated AMIEO region, which covers Africa, the Middle East, India, Europe including Russia, and the Asia-Pacific countries.