By Gilles Guillaume
PARIS (Reuters) – The board of French carmaker Renault (PA:) on Friday voted in favor of ousting Thierry Bollore as CEO, said two sources familiar with the matter.
Renault, along with alliance partner Nissan (T:), is still reeling from the arrest in Tokyo last year of former boss Carlos Ghosn on allegations of financial misconduct, which Ghosn denies.
Bollore, who had long been Ghosn’s right-hand man, was promoted to help steady Renault this year, with Jean-Dominique Senard hired from Michelin (PA:) to chair the group, shares in which rose 2.7% in morning trade.
Officials at Renault were not immediately available to comment.
Bollore had skirted the matter of his potential exit in a conversation with staff on Thursday, two company sources said, but in a later interview with French newspaper Les Echos he described his possible departure as a “coup”.
Renault finance chief Clotilde Delbos could be named as interim CEO to replace Bollore, French TV BFM said on its website on Thursday.
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