Renault recruits consumer goods veteran as global marketing chief

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PARIS — Renault Group has appointed Francois Renard as its global marketing director, replacing Thierry Koskas, who will become president of Renault Sport Racing.

Renard will report to Thierry Bollore, Renault’s chief operating officer, and will have a seat on Renault’s management committee. In addition to sales and marketing functions, he will be asked to accelerate the digital transition of operations, Renault said .

Renard began his professional career in 1992 at Anderson Consulting. He then worked at British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company Unilever, rising to become global marketing vice president for hair products. Renard then held positions in China, Thailand and Vietnam. In 2015, he was appointed CEO of Kate Somerville, a skin care products company in Los Angeles. He returned to Unilever in 2017 as vice president of marketing, personal care.