What do you do if you're in a job with no upward mobility? Admittedly, most of us just stick it out while secretly hoping our boss is sacked for all those paperclips he's been swiping, netting us a nice, shiny promotion. Then again, most of us aren't the number two at Renault, like Carlos Tavares.

Tavares is the right-hand man to Renault CEO, Carlos Ghosn, and like a lot of us, he's ready for another challenge. As Ghosn is only 59 years old and doesn't have a boss to fire him for paperclip theft, though, it's pretty unlikely that he'll be going anywhere anytime soon. Tavares doesn't seem too concerned, based on an interview he gave to Automotive News. "We have a big leader and he is here to stay," Tavares told AN.

What's surprising is where Tavares wants to go, "Why not GM? I would be honored to lead a company like GM." The Renault exec also mentioned Ford, and as AN points out, both organizations make a lot of sense. Both are led by CEOs that are approaching or are already past retirement age, and should be looking for dedicated replacements in the not-so-distant future. That doesn't mean Tavares is a shoe-in, though.

At Ford, he'd be up against Mark Fields, the Blue Oval's current Chief Operating Officer, who is widely considered to be Alan Mullaly's ultimate replacement. Competition would be even stiffer for the top spot at GM, where Tavares would have to challenge both Mark Reuss and Mary Barra.

Tavares doesn't seem concerned about the competition, though. "GM may have other candidates who are good and if it doesn't happen, that's okay. I would consider other companies, but the Detroit companies have succession coming." He's right about that.


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      jf.bouchard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please fire me!
      Soccer Mom
      • 1 Year Ago
      I sense someone moving from the position of COO at Renault to a mid-management role at BYD, Geely or Chery after a long and painful job hunt.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      If your name is Carlos, submit a resume to Renault. You'll be an executive in no time.
      JEREMY C
      • 1 Year Ago
      ....I have dreams of running Ford and GM myself.................but then I wake up. I also have dream I won the lottery, drive a Ferrari,........then there's that public nudity dream (shutter).......
      LOLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      and we want u to keep your dreams to yourself LOL they arent doing so well at Renault
      benjamin_braddock
      • 1 Year Ago
      Change certainly needs to happen at GM. It can't carry on doing what is currently is, otherwise they will be overtaken and left to rot.
        jfa1177
        • 1 Year Ago
        @benjamin_braddock
        It is needed at GM as the current CEO is a joke. However, replacing him with this guy is better in what way? First off he\'s French and we all know they are arrogant a$$holes. Secondly, French auto manufacturers can\'t seem to get their proverbial sh*t together right now and are needing bailouts. This doesn\'t paint a rosy picture for this guy in the least. IMO he\'s lucky to have the job he has now.
          axiomatik
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jfa1177
          Peugeot/Citroen is having problems. Renault is fine. Their Dacia sub-brand has been wildly popular and profitable, they share platforms and engines with Nissan. They haven't had the problems that Peugeot has had.
      Tweaker
      • 1 Year Ago
      So he can turn out that sh*t that Nissan is selling here now? This would be a disaster.
      Arabi fakhour
      • 1 Year Ago
      To all you American racists mocking foreigners on this blog : If it wasn't for Carlos Ghosn (of Lebanese and Brazilian origin, we went to the same Jesuit high school in Lebanon, and no I never met him!) Nissan would have been dead a long time ago. And if it wasn't for Steve Jobbs' Syrian father immigrating to the US, you wouldn't be typing away on our Mac Books, And if it wasn't for Ralph Nader(also of Lebanese descent, he even published an amazing Lebanese cookbook) many of your parents would have probably died at the wheel while not wearing safety belts.And if it wasn't for Michael DeBakey who's last name I share and who is of Lebanese descent...... This Amazing adopted country of mine was built on much more important values than your disgusting and petty racism. And as the French say : "Petits d'esprit, petits de vie" which would translate into : "little minds, little lives."
        ilovepartygirls
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Arabi fakhour
        I mistakenly downvoted when I meant to upvote! anyway you made excellent points.
      Javanese
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll have whatever this guy is smoking... looks like da bomb.
      MAX
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't imagine Ghosn not firing him. GM should hire Wolfgang Bernhard, he's embattled at Daimler but he gets things done.
      Frank
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe Carlos Tavares would like to see if he can turn around Lincoln since no one currenly at the helm is successfully able to differentiate Lincoln from their equivalent Ford products where they share a common platform. This would be the ultimate test for someone who wants to achieve the #1 role in a large company such as a Ford or GM. Much like how some C-level executives were able to turn around Cadillac even though it is still a work in progress.
      Sgt Beavis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we all just go to Paris and give this guy a collective kick in the balls?
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