Renault's Pelata quits 15 months after espionage fiasco, demotion
Pelata started with Renault in 1984.
Patrick Pelata, who stepped down as Renault's chief operating officer more than a year ago after a botched espionage investigation, will leave the company next month.
Pelata, 56, is scheduled to depart effective Aug. 16 to pursue opportunities outside the Renault-Nissan alliance, Renault spokeswoman Raluca Barb told Automotive News Europe in an e-mail reply to questions.
The French executive stepped down as COO in April 2011 after an internal espionage probe led to the firing of three executives falsely accused of selling company secrets.
Since his demotion, Pelata, who joined Renault in 1984, has been a director within Renault-Nissan, serving as an adviser on alliance projects. He reports to Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.
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