Renault Number Two Ready To Be CEO, Not About To Get Caught Up In Details Like The Fact That There's Already A CEO

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Renault SA's second-in-command, once seen as a potential successor to Carlos Ghosn as head of allied auto makers Renault SA and Nissan Motor Corp., abruptly resigned on Thursday, days after an unusual public declaration of his frustration at waiting for his boss to retire...Carlos Tavares's exit, which Renault said was a mutual decision during an emergency board meeting Thursday, comes two weeks after he gave an unusual media interview. In it, Mr. Tavares said he felt he would never take over the top spot at the French company, saying Mr. Ghosn "is here to stay" at Renault. Mr. Tavares also said he had the talent to run a global auto maker such as General Motors Co or Ford Motor Co. "My experience would be good for any car company," Mr. Tavares said in the Bloomberg News interview. "Why not GM? I would be honored to lead a company like GM." The interview came as a shock, according to people inside the company, and triggered speculation that Mr. Ghosn and Mr. Tavares had a falling out. "He was supposed to be a leader, the guiding light for policy implementation, and yet he was saying publicly he was looking for another job," the person said. [WSJ]

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