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Renault and Nissan Name New Alliance Management Team to Advance Integration

March 18, 2014
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Renault and Japanese alliance partner Nissan recently revealed their plans to consolidate fundamental operations and pursue economies of scale in an attempt to compete with automotive behemoths like Volkswagen.

Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn announced on Monday that a new alliance management team was created. The new team showcases integration in four crucial areas: engineering, manufacturing, purchasing and human resources. Nissan’s Japanese executives will be assuming top positions in engineering and manufacturing while Renault executives will be taking over leadership roles in purchasing and human resources.

According to Ghosn, integration in the four areas will boost efficiency. “The synergies will then enable us to deliver higher-value vehicles to customers and stay at the leading edge of innovation,” he said in a statement.

Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, who is currently the alliance’s head of platforms and parts, will be in charge of alliance technology development. He will be handling research and development for engines and vehicles, as well as the Common Module Family platform.

Shohei Kimura, Nissan’s current head of vehicle production engineering, will be taking over as the head of manufacturing engineering and supply chain management. His newest appointment makes him responsible for the following: integrated manufacturing functions, global industrial strategy, production process engineering, production control and of course, supply chain management.

Christian Vandenhende, currently the head of the Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization, will be heading purchasing for the alliance.

Marie-Francoise Damesin, currently Renault’s head of personnel, will be head of human resources for the alliance. Damesin will be creating a single ‘talent management’ policy that will be enforced across the alliance’s operations across the globe.

Lastly, Nissan’s current head of global human resources Greg Kelly will be spearheading Alliance Talent Management.

The new appointments will result in changes in lower-level positions as well. The aforementioned individuals will be assuming their new posts on April 1st.

The steps proved to be bold moves for the two automakers, as these come after 15 years of detached partnership. It was in January when both carmakers declared that they will step up integration. Soon after the announcement, their respective management teams and boards consulted with employee representatives to finish integration plans. Ghosn said in the past that cultural differences played a role in slowing down integration between the two car manufacturers.

Renault owns 43.4 percent of Nissan, which owns 15 percent of Renault. The French automaker is yet to start production with joint venture partner Dongfeng Motor Group in China, while the Japanese auto manufacturer is already a key player in the country considered as the world’s largest auto market. The alliance is also involved in joint car development in India while preparing to assume joint control of OAO AvtoVAZ in Russia.

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