ACEA elects Renault chief as new president

Posted on 13 May 2014 by The Manufacturer

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has elected Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of Renault, as its new president.

Mr Ghosn takes over from Philippe Varin, former chairman of the Board of Management of PSA Peugeot Citroën, with immediate effect.

The Brussels-based body is led by Renault-Nissan’s CEO for the second time, as Mr Ghosn also held the presidency for the 12 months from January 2009.

He joined Renault in 1996, where he held the position of executive vice president until becoming the automotive manufacturer’s CEO in April 2005.

ACEA secretary general Erik Jonnaert said Mr Ghosn will lead ACEA through an important period of political transition in Europe.

“Under his presidency, ACEA will continue to focus on its key policy recommendations, which are to drive innovation, to foster growth through international trade and to call for a supportive regulatory framework,” said Mr Jonnaert.

“On behalf of ACEA’s Board, we wish to thank Mr Varin for his strong leadership of the association over the past months.”