Renault’s Eurasia management hit by changes image

Top management changes were announced today by Renault. They include the naming of a new product planning chief and a new head for the region that includes the Russian market.

Former chairman of the Eurasia region and managing director of Renault Russia, Bruno Ancelin, will lead as of October Renault’s product planning and programs division. That will make Jean-Christophe Kugler the new chairman of the Eurasia region, which does not include only Russia, but also covers Turkey, Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria.

Philippe Klein, 57, will be replaced by Ancelin, 56 as product planning boss, as he moves to Nissan as Chief Planning Officer and board member starting with the middle of September. Ancelin joined in 1982 Renault’s research department and during his career at the automaker, he was director for the Megane, Scenic and Koleos models and Renaults global sourcing chief.

Kugler, 52, who will embark as the new head of Renault’s Euromed region, has had key positions at Renault since 1984, when he joined the group as process engineering R&D center in both quality and light commercial vehicles.

In the first half of 2014, registrations of Renault’s new cars grew 4.7%, with 1,365,988 vehicles sold worldwide. Group revenues though slid 3% compared to the first six months of 2013. While Renault expects a continuing decline in the auto market of its emerging countries, it has hopes for the European market to grow from 2-3% to 4%.

By Gabriela Florea