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Nissan's Ghosn crisis

Low-key but steady, Renault's Bollore was Ghosn's chosen heir

Interim chief has Japan experience, but seen to be cautious of Nissan merger

Thierry Bollore is seen at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. (Photo by Kosei Fukao)

PARIS -- Renault has tapped Chief Operating Officer Thierry Bollore to serve as its interim chief, entrusting an industry veteran with years of experience in Asia to guide the French automaker's alliance with Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors.

The company said Tuesday that Bollore will be given "the same powers" as Ghosn as deputy CEO, announcing what is in effect the first leadership change in 13 years. With Ghosn unlikely to return after his arrest in Tokyo Monday, the appointment essentially ushers in the Bollore era at Renault.

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