Or at least he did, until Tavares stepped down from his post as Chief Operating Officer, which he's held since May 2011. Renault only states that Tavares is leaving "in order to pursue other personal projects," but by personal, we assume they mean professional.
Tavares, as you may recall, made headlines recently by stating that he'd like to move to Michigan to run either General Motors or Ford. Which seemed a little odd at the time, considering that he'd be an outsider, but then Sergio Marchionne has been doing a pretty decent job of running Chrysler.
August 29, 2013
M. Carlos Tavares has mutually agreed with Renault to cease as of today his functions of Chief Operating Officer in order to pursue other personal projects.
M. Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, would like to thank Carlos Tavares for successfully contributing to the results of the company all along his career.
Also effective immediately, M. Carlos Ghosn will temporarily carry out the duties of Chief Operating Officer.
In order to reinforce Renault's industrial and commercial performances, an adaptation of the management's organization will soon be decided and announced.