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Renault names new head of Romanian operations

Renault names new head of Romanian operations new GM for Dacia, Groupe Renault Romania

BUCHAREST (Romania), December 11 (SeeNews) - Romanian carmaker Dacia, a unit of France's Renault, said on Tuesday it has named Christophe Dridi as new director general of Dacia and Renault Romania starting January 1st.

For the last two years, Dridi served as executive director of Dacia's manufacturing plant in Mioveni, Romania and a member of the company’s management committee.

"Groupe Renault Romania is not only a company that is successful because of the products it offers to customers from 44 countries of the world, but also represents a business model unmatched thus far. I believe that all teams in Bucharest, Titu, Mioveni, Pitesti and Oarja we will maintain this dynamics," Dridi said.

Miguel Oliver, who is currently quality director at Renault's plant in Palencia, Spain, will replace Dridi in his position at Mioveni plant in Arges county, starting January 1st.

"I will have the chance to lead the manufacturing teams at the Dacia car plant, one of the most important factories of the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance. This is the place where every 54 seconds a 'Made in Romania' quality car rolls out from the assembly lines," Miguel Oliver said.

Cristophe Dridi replaces Jerome Olive, who was appointed as interim director general of Dacia and Renault Romania in September after Antoine Doucerain resigned.

On Monday, Romania's finance ministry said that Dacia is the biggest one among five beneficiaries of a state aid package worth 359 million lei ($88 million/77 million euro). Dacia stands to receive 115.8 million lei from the package to increase production in order to meet higher demand.

Dacia has topped the SeeNews ranking of the 100 biggest companies by total revenue in Southeast Europe in the last four years.

(1 euro=4.6528 lei)