• Apr 11th 2011 at 5:57PM
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On March 10th, we reported that the industrial espionage case – or was it fraud or a scandalous hoax – involving three top Renault execs and the automaker's electric vehicle secrets was swirling out of control. The chaos had gotten so out of hand that a source told Reuters that:
It's likely to be Patrick Pelata who forms the shield to protect the CEO. In this story, somebody has to throw themselves on the grenade.
At the time, it was thought that Pelata, the automaker's chief operating officer, would take the fall to protect Carlos Ghosn's job as Renault-Nissan chief executive officer. Shortly after that report broke, Pelata announced his resignation, which Ghosn immediately denied. Turns out, Ghosn didn't get the last word, and Renault has accepted Pelata's resignation. The 55-year-old COO will step down from his position as Ghosn's right-hand man and assume an undisclosed role with Nissan.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      So basically, to cover for Ghosn, Pelata had to take different job duties.

      Man that's tough.
        • 4 Years Ago
        nah that's not the case. Pelata had foolishly said that if the case wasn't real that he would resign. that's an unfortunate thing to have said given the outcome : )
        maybe Ghosn should have been more on top of it but if his COO vouched for the veracity of the situation and seeing as there was most likely nothing of value to spy then Ghosn didn't do much wrong.
        if car makers want into the EV game, then what's stopping them... do they really need to spy anything...
        the only tricky thing in EVs is the battery and they could just buy a leaf and test their cells. they are likely not better than what else is available anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen - How foolish was his promise to resign? I don't see any real consequences here, and I'm sure he knew there wouldn't be any when he made his big bold promise.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As Renault's biggest investor, the French government insisted that someone (anyone) high-up take the fall for this whole mess. Nissan is a different story and Pelata can go there and still basically do the same job for Carlos Ghosn.

      Ghosn saved Renault, so firing him would be a very bad thing. Someone played an hoax on them and they totally overreacted. That's all.

      Quite frankly, I don't care what happened as long they are still on track putting EVs on the road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are correct, the French politicians (all sides) behaved very badly indeed! but the French government only holds 15%. but the French Govt. is Renault biggest customer and underwrite's it's loans.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess he didn't learn anything from Clinton. ("Just pull up your pants and start lying").
      • 4 Years Ago
      Totally makes sense. Huge company scandal? just fire a few random people.