Renault hires former PSA research chief Gilles Le Borgne

Gilles Le Borgne

French automaker Renault has appointed Gilles Le Borgne as executive vice-president engineering and a member of the Group Executive Committee (CEG), effective on 6 January, the company has stated in a release.

Gilles Le Borgne will report to Clotilde Delbos, the Chief Executive Officer of the group for an interim period. He will take the position of Gaspar Gascon Abellan, who has decided to exit from the company to pursue personal projects, according to Renault.

Discussing Gaspar Gascon Abellan’s exit and appointment of Gilles Le Borgne, Clotilde Delbos, CEO, Renault, stated: “For thirty years, Gaspar has been associated in Renault’s engineering teams and, at its head, has significantly developed powertrain engineering and contributed to the design of successful automobiles. The arrival of Gilles Le Borgne as head of the Group’s product engineering teams will speed up the transformation of our engineering and effectively consolidate our R&D in the context of high technological stakes and rapidly changing environmental regulations in Europe and across the world.”

“His extensive experience and track record, recognized throughout the automotive industry, will also help develop and optimize operational synergies within Renault and the Alliance,” Delbos added.

Le Borgne, 57, is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ceramiques industrielles. He previously worked with PSA Group for over 30 years and he is one of France’s leading experts in vehicle engineering and design, states Renault.

He was a key individual behind the Citroen C3 phase I platform. In 2010, he took the position of the head of the Pre-Projects Department, before becoming director of R&D in April 2013 and later the quality and engineering director of the PSA Group from September 2016 to May 2019.

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