Europe: ACEA’s new president is Carlos Ghosn image

The European auto industry’s lobbying unit, ACEA, has made a leadership change, as Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn takes the president position from ex-PSA CEO Philippe Varin.

The Brussels-based body is led by Renault-Nissan’s CEO for the second time, as Ghosn also held the presidency from January 2009 to the following January. According to ACEA, the leadership change is effective immediately, after Varin took the post at the beginning of the year and vacates it after Carlos Tavares succeeded him as PSA Peugeot Citroen CEO.

“Under Ghosn’s 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 ACEA Secretary General Erik Jonnaert.

Ghosn came to Renault in 1996, holding the position of executive vice president until he took helm at the automaker as its CEO from April 2005. He was also Nissan’s chief operating officer since 1999 and then became the Japanese automaker’s president in 2000 and CEO in 2001.

ACEA is navigating troubled times at the moment, as the automakers struggle to jump on the European rebound bandwagon, while the body also assists its 15 members to fight an ongoing EU and Japan trade deal that could aid the Japanese automakers.

Via Automotive News Europe