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VW has named Jacques Rivoal, Renault’s former chief of Europe, as president of its French operations.

Jacques Rivoal, 50, will help VW in its aggressive campaign aimed at gaining more market share in France, Renault’s home market. He succeeds Marie Christine Caubet, 61, who is retiring. Rivoal’s previous position as head VW France’s passenger car division will be taken by Arnaud Barral, who is head of sales for VW.

Jacques Rivoal joined Renault in 1984 an in 2009 he was named senior vice president for the automaker’s Europe market. In 2010 he left Renault and joined Volkswagen, where he had been building the automaker’s success in France under Marie Christine Caubet’s leadership. His new post is effective January 2nd.

From January to November VW Group sold 240,150 units in France, down 3.4%, but the company’s market share increased to 13.8% from 12.3%. During the first 11 month of the year VW sold 141,513 vehicles in France, down 3.2%, Audi sold 55,970 vehicles, up 4.9% and Skoda sold 20,255 vehicles, up 7.7%. VW Group plans to nearly double annual new-car sales in France to 400,000 units in the following five years.