Carlos Ghosn elected ACEA President

Brussels, 12 May 2014 – The Board of Directors of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has elected Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault, as its new President.

Mr Ghosn takes over from Philippe Varin, former Chairman of the Board of Management of PSA Peugeot Citroën. This change is effective immediately.

Mr Ghosn takes over from Philippe Varin, former Chairman of the Board of Management of PSA Peugeot Citroën. This change is effective immediately.

ACEA Secretary General Erik Jonnaert said: “Mr Ghosn will lead ACEA through an important period of political transition in Europe. Under his presidency, ACEA will continue to focus on its key policy recommendations, which are to drive innovation, to foster growth through international trade and to call for a supportive regulatory framework. On behalf of ACEA’s Board, we wish to thank Mr Varin for his strong leadership of the association over the past months.”


Notes for editors

About Carlos Ghosn:

Carlos Ghosn joined Michelin in 1978 as Plant Manager in Le Puy, France, before being appointed Head of Research and Development for industrial tyres in Ladoux, France. He became Chief Operating Officer of Michelin’s South American operations, then Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Michelin North America in 1990. 

Mr Ghosn joined Renault as Executive Vice President in 1996 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Nissan Motors in June 1999, thereafter becoming President in 2000 and Chief Executive Officer in 2001. Mr Ghosn has been Chairman and CEO of Renault since May 2005. He remains President and CEO of Nissan, and Chairman and CEO of Renault Nissan Alliance.

Carlos Ghosn was previously ACEA President in 2009.

About ACEA

  • The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, CNH Industrial, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Group, Stellantis, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
  • Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/.
  • Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.auto, +32 485 88 66 47.

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About the EU automobile industry

  • 14.6 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 6.7% of all EU jobs.
  • 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.7 million – are in the automotive sector.
  • Motor vehicles are responsible for €398.4 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €74 billion for the EU.
  • The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
  • Investing €62 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 33% of total EU spending.
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