Foucher will succeed Thierry Koskas, who will end his four-year tenure at the position to run Renault's Argentina operations, Automotive News reported.
Foucher started working for Renault in 1989 before moving through customer research and other departments during the ensuing 23 years. She will take over EV operations just prior to the company's launch of its first mass-produced electric vehicle, the Zoe.
It's an important launch, as Renault plans to make about 150,000 Zoe vehicles a year and the company expects it to be much more successful in Europe than the Nissan Leaf.
July 16, 2012
Béatrice Foucher has been named Vice President of the Electric Vehicle Program, effective from September 1, 2012. She will report to Philippe Klein, Executive Committee Member and Executive Vice President, Corporate Planning, Product Planning and Programs.
She joined Renault in 1989 at the Quality Department. She moved on to the Customer Research Department in 1993 and then in 1996 to the Product Department, where she successively held the positions of deputy product manager for Laguna 2, product manager for Espace 4 and head of future projects, before being named Director of the M2S range in 2005 and Product Director in April 2007.
Béatrice Foucher, 48, earned an Agro Paris Tech engineering diploma in 1988 and also holds a Masters in Quality Management from Centrale Paris / ESCP.