The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association has elected Carlos Ghosn, CEO and chairman of the Renault Nissan Alliance (left), as its new president. With immediate effect he replaces Philipe Varin, former chairman of the board of management at PSA Peugeot Citroën.

"Mr Ghosn will lead ACEA through an important period of political transition in Europe,” said ACEA Secretary General Erik Jonnaert. “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.”

Ghosn was previously ACEA president in 2009. He has been CEO and chairman of the Renault since 2005 as well holding the same position at Renault Nissan Alliance and independently at Nissan. He began his career in the automotive industry in 1978 as plant manager in Le Puy, France, before being appointed head of research and development for industrial tyres in Ladoux, France. Following his times as CEO of Michelin North he joined Renault as executive vice president in 1996.