Renault makes two new appointments

François Renard will join Groupe Renault as global marketing director. He will report to Thierry Bolloré, chief operating officer, and sit on the Groupe Renault Management Committee (CDR).

Thierry Koskas was also appointed as president of Renault Sport Racing, replacing Jérôme Stoll. He will report directly to Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of Groupe Renault.

François professional career began in 1992 as a consultant at Andersen Consulting/Accenture before moving to Unilever France in 1994. He then took on various marketing positions in Vietnam, China and Thailand where he managed several Unilever brands before being appointed global marketing vice president for hair products.

In 2015, François was appointed CEO of Kate Somerville (Los Angeles, USA) before returning to Unilever in 2017 as vice president of marketing.

In the global marketing division, the remit of François will be to strengthen the attractiveness and brand awareness of all Group brands, products and services, accelerate digital transformation of operations and enhance customer experience.

After seven years as a civil servant, working in Ministry of Industry and as advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Thierry joined Renault in 1997 as manager of the new distribution project. In 1998, he was named general manager of Renault London City Branch, and in 2000 as managing director of Renault Hungary.

In 2006, he was appointed as vice president of sales and marketing, Asia and Africa region; and in 2009, he was named program director, electric vehicles, where he led the development of Renault’s zero emission line. Thierry has overseen operations of Renault in Argentina since late 2012 until 2015.

Thierry will aim to continue with Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport Racing, the work started by Jérôme and bring the team to the highest level of the discipline.