Renault Puts Gilles Normand In Charge Of Its Electric Vehicle Division

10 months ago by Eric Loveday 6

Renault ZOE Z.E. 40

Renault ZOE Z.E. 40

Renault has announced the appointment of Gilles Normand to the position of Senior Vice President of Electric Vehicle Division.

Renault’s Lineup Of Pure Electric Cars – Twizy, ZOE and Kangoo Z.E.

Renault’s Lineup Of Pure Electric Cars – Twizy, ZOE and Kangoo Z.E.

This is a newly created position at Renault, so Normand is not replacing a senior VP, but rather being promoted to a position that previously didn’t exist.

Renault hopes that the creation of this new spot, along with the appointment of Normand to the position, will “strengthen the EV business unit,” especially in the new hot segment of long-range, affordable electric cars.

Of the appointment, Normand stated:

“I am very motivated by this new strategic challenge at a time when the Global EV market is entering into a significant growth phase. I look forward to working with the team to continue to drive our leadership in existing and new markets, and bring exciting EV vehicles to our customers.”

More details in the press release below:

New leadership in Renault’s Electric Vehicle Business Unit

Today, Groupe Renault announces as of January 1st, 2017, Gilles Normand will become SVP, Electric Vehicle, reporting to Thierry Koskas, EVP, Sales and Marketing. He was most recently Groupe Renault SVP and Chairman of the Asia-Pacific region and member of the Renault Management Committee.

“I am very motivated by this new strategic challenge at a time when the Global EV market is entering into a significant growth phase. I look forward to working with the team to continue to drive our leadership in existing and new markets, and bring exciting EV vehicles to our customers”, said Gilles Normand.

Groupe Renault is leader of the electric vehicle market in Europe, with 25% market share. Since 2012, Renault has sold more than 100,000 EVs. A major advancement in September 2016 saw the presentation of a new Renault ZOE equipped with ZE.40 battery, allowing it to reach a record 400 km homologated range. Groupe Renault is also working on a new affordable EV model.

EV market is now entering a new phase with longer battery ranges and emissions reduction objectives open opportunities for zero emissions cars, around the world. In this context, Groupe Renault strengthens the EV business unit, under Gilles Normand’s leadership.

Biography – Gilles Normand

Born in 1962, Gilles NORMAND graduated from EDHEC (France). He started his career at Renault in 1988 in product planning, before moving to the sales & marketing division. In 1998, he was appointed Vice President, Commercial Coordination, for Renault Mercosur. In 1999, he joined Nissan in Japan to take in charge the Sales & Marketing for Latin America and Caribbean. In 2003, he was appointed President of Nissan Motor España prior to becoming Corporate Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Middle East, Africa & Latin America in 2006. In 2009, he was appointed Corporate Vice President, in charge of Africa, Middle East and India for Nissan and Infiniti. On April 1st, 2012, Gilles NORMAND became SVP, Chairman of Asia-Pacific Region and member of the Renault Management Committee.

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6 responses to "Renault Puts Gilles Normand In Charge Of Its Electric Vehicle Division"

  1. Jeff says:

    Good Luck to Renault… hope they can grow the market for EVs.

    1. Lausbub says:

      +1

      And please Gilles, get the quality of the Zoe right, especially that of the software systems.

  2. LOL says:

    Only two things has Renault to do to stay competitive 1 go wireless, 2 make Captur-like BEV. I suspect we’re not gonna see this second one, at least not until Tesla shows its Model Y ?!?

    1. trololo says:

      Yes, more predator SUV things on the road …

  3. Seuthès says:

    Renault have to introduce at least an equivalent to the Twingo and to the Mégane.
    BEV is no more a “BRICOLAGE”, it’s the next step. It’s normal that Renault make that move.
    My hope is that Renault will have factories for cells as soon as possible. Cells is the key of BEV and the futur.

  4. Paulus says:

    Renault need to offer at least one family car. There isnt Espace, Traffic generation, like we know prom past. Renault has nothing like old Espace, Mercedes class V, Multivan, Spacetourer etc.. We have a 4 children and we must change brand now. Spacetourer looks good. It is a bad for Renault. Why they forgot their benefits from past?