Renault Nissan alliance makes changes to its top purchasing personnel image

The French Japanese Group has opted to reshuffle its executive purchasing team, naming Yasuhiro Yamauchi as the new executive vice president of the alliance’s bundled purchasing division.

According to Renault, beginning with January 1, 2015, Yamauchi, 58, will be promoted to the post, while the executive replaced – Christian Vandenhende – would be the new executive vice president of quality for the French automaker. There, Vandenhende, 53, will succeed Philippe Prevel, who has been moved in a yet unspecified role. Yamauchi would have in his joint responsibility commission two bosses – reporting to both Thierry Bollore, Renault’s chief competitive officer, and Hiroto Saikawa, the similar leader at Nissan. Before the promotion, Yamauchi was the company’s global vice president of purchasing. Veronique Sarlat-Depotte, today the alliance’s global purchasing director for body and electrical components, would step in to fill his previous role.

Following years of slow synergies, Renault and Nissan started a deep efficiency boosting operation, aiming to achieve by 2016 savings worth at least $5.4 billion each year, growing the level from $3.6 billion last year. That would be achieved by the joining of critical business areas – engineering, manufacturing, personnel and purchasing. Chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn has called both companies to rally and increase their efficiency, as the Group targets global sales increases through various measures, including further alliances with other carmakers – such as Daimler.

Via Automotive News Europe