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.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.]