Editor's note: An earlier version of this blog gave an incorrect title for Patrick Pelata.
If -- and it remains a huge if at this point -- Patrick Pelata takes the fall for the Renault flap over whether it was or was not a target of industrial espionage, I predict he won't be out of work for long.
You can read elsewhere about the industrial espionage case that maybe wasn't. But pundits are predicting Pelata will fall on his sword to protect his boss, Renault (and Nissan) CEO Carlos Ghosn. Pelata is for many the face of Renault in Europe.
Let's say Pelata is out at Renault. And let's say you are an automotive CEO looking for a top lieutenant. There are a number of excellent ex-auto execs available. So who are you gonna hire?
A high-profile executive -- oh, let's call him Wolfgang -- who is known to have his eye on the top job, i.e., yours.
Or Pelata, whose most recent resume line reads, "Loyal lieutenant who sacrificed himself for the boss."