Pelata, a 55 year-old judo enthusiast, stepped forward and took a leading role when Renault publicly announced the firing of three top execs back in January. Now, with allegations that the whole ordeal may have been a hoax, Pelata told The Guardian that he's ready to accept the consequences of his actions, a decision that could ultimately cost him his job. Reuters reports that an unidentified source close to Renault suspects that Pelata will be the fall guy, protecting Ghosn from losing his job. The source told Reuters that:
A Renault spokesperson declined Reuter's request for comment on this sticky situation.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.
[Source: Automotive News – sub. req., Reuters]