PARIS -- Nissan Motor Co.'s Americas head Carlos Tavares is one of three candidates being considered for the No. 2 job at Renault, a French newspaper reported.
Other potential successors to Carlos Ghosn's right-hand man, Patrick Pelata, are Philippe Klein, executive vice president of product planning and programs, and CFO Dominique Thorman, La Tribune reported on Wednesday.
Tavares, a native of Portugal, spent 23 years with Renault where he held various top engineering posts before joining Nissan in 2004.
La Tribune said a new COO would be named by the end of April "at best."
Separately, Ghosn was quoted in another paper saying that Renault has several possible internal candidates to replace Pelata, who resigned as chief operating officer on Monday over an industrial espionage fiasco at Renault.
"Renault has a succession plan for all its management. The interim period will not drag on but we will take a few weeks to examine the different candidatures," Ghosn told Les Echos. "And I think there are several possible candidates internally," he added.
Pelata resigned on Monday after an external audit found "dysfunctions" in Renault's upper management following the wrongful dismissal of three executives in January over false accusations that they leaked secrets from the automaker's electic car program.
Pelata will stay on temporarily as COO before moving to a role within the carmaker's alliance with Nissan.