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Slovenia Business Week no. 35/2004: Bernard Chretien Takes Over as Chief of Renault Nissan Slovenija

Bernard Chretien will be at the helm of Renault Nissan Slovenija as of September, replacing as general manager the incumbent Jean-Pierre Ripoll

Bernard Chretien will be at the helm of Renault Nissan Slovenija as of September, replacing as general manager the incumbent Jean-Pierre Ripoll. After working in Slovenia for three years, Ripoll will be made director general of Renault in the Czech Republic.

Receiving journalists for a farewell meeting on Friday, 27 August, Ripoll described the company's business in Slovenia as successful. He stressed tight cooperation with Renault-owned assembly plant Revoz, which gives Renault the advantage of a domestic car maker.

Under his leadership, the company embarked on a sales offensive, increasing its market share by 4 percent in 2003 and 2004 to 15 percent. There were many problems when the strategy was introduced, he said, but they were overcome successfully.

Ripoll is convinced that his successor will have to work hard although the company is successful. "Competition is stiff and the work is never done," he stressed.

Chretien, 48, is coming to the company after a three-year stint at the helm of the marketing and finance division of Renault's subsidiary RCI Banque, which provides financial services for major customers and the Renault-Nissan sales network.

On the Slovenian car market, Renault saw growth in sales of 10.85 percent in the first half of this year, and increased its market share by nearly one percent to 26.09 percent. The number of vehicles sold increased by over 15 percent year-on-year, to 10,339.

The French car maker has been the number one car make in Slovenia in terms of sales for several years in a row.

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: Branka Murn