Carlos TavarasRenault has a new chief operating officer. Carlos Tavares, formerly the Chief Executive Officer for Nissan Americas, will now fill the void left by former Renault COO Patrick Pelata. Pelata left the French automaker amid a botched spy scandal investigation that saw a rash of Renault executives lose their positions. Taveres has a long history with Renault, having served with the company for 24 years before being assigned to the U.S. with Nissan Americas in 2003. His move back to Renault has been rumored for some time and the company hopes that its new executive can help point sales in a better direction.

Meanwhile, back in the U.S., Tavares' old role will be handled by many hands. Colin Dodge will serve as chairman of the Americas in addition to retaining his title as Executive Vice President, Chief Performance Officer and Chairman of Nissan operations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India. Dodge will be joined by Bill Krueger, who will now take up the mantle of Vice Chairman.

Krueger previously served as the Head of Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management for Nissan. TheDetroitBureau.com reports that Krueger will move farther up the chain should he be able to prove himself in his new role. Click past the break for a look at the full press release.
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Nissan Americas Announces Senior Leadership Change

FRANKLIN, Tenn., May 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan Americas today announced the appointment of Bill Krueger as vice chairman, Nissan Americas, effective June 13. In this newly formed role Krueger will be Nissan Americas' highest-ranking resident executive and will work closely with Colin Dodge, whose appointment as chairman, Management Committee-Americas, was the subject of a separate announcement.

In his new role, Krueger will report to Dodge and be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Nissan Americas' business in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and 37 other Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Krueger and Dodge's appointments follow the announcement earlier today that Carlos Tavares, currently chairman, Nissan Americas, will take on a new role as chief operating officer, Renault.

"Bill Krueger has demonstrated the business acumen and leadership qualities necessary to take on the added responsibilities required of a resident Vice Chairman," said Dodge. "As I assume Chairman responsibilities for the Americas Bill will be instrumental in managing the day-to-day operational aspects of our business in the region."

Most recently Krueger, 46, was senior vice president, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Supply Chain Management and Total Customer Satisfaction for Nissan Americas. In this role he oversaw all manufacturing and supply-chain management functions for Nissan's three plants in the United States (Smyrna and Decherd, Tenn.; and Canton, Miss.) and its two plants in Mexico (Cuernavaca and Aguascalientes).

Prior to joining Nissan, Krueger held various management positions at Toyota's manufacturing plants and served as general manager at the Georgetown, Ky., plant. In addition, Krueger held several management roles at General Motors Corporation's Janesville, Wis., assembly plant and at Harley Davidson's Utilimaster Corporation.

Krueger earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Marquette University and a master of business administration degree from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also holds a master's degree in engineering management from the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University.

Krueger currently serves on the Committee of Visitors for the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He is a director of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Krueger also serves on the board of directors of the American Red Cross Nashville Area Regional Chapter, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and the Anchor Hocking Company. He is also on the executive advisory council for the Automotive Women's Alliance Foundation.