Following the scandal with former alliance leader Carlos Ghosn last year, tensions among the three alliance manufacturers - Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi remain high. The automakers even shuffled their executive teams in order to stabilize their businesses.
In order to reboot the Alliance and prevent a similar situation from happening in the future, the automakers have implemented a new business framework wherein the Alliance Operating Board was established. Heading the Alliance Operating Board is the General Secretary, an executive appointed by the board itself.
Unlike the previous structure where Ghosn was an all-powerful figure, the General Secretary will not be one of the CEOs of Nissan, Renault or Mitsubishi. Instead, he/she will only be heading the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance itself. Furthermore, the appointed executive will report to the Alliance Operating Board and its respective CEOs.
Following a meeting by the Alliance Operating Board last week, the board has now appointed a new General Secretary – Hadi Zablit. The 49-year old French-Lebanese engineer will be tasked in coordinating and facilitating major alliance projects that will be launched to accelerate business efficiencies for the respective companies.
Prior to being appointed the Alliance General Secretary, Zablit has been the Alliance senior vice president of Business Development since March 2018. In this role, he was responsible for the development of the Common Module Family A-segment platform, new technologies partnerships, mobility services, and product planning synchronization. He first joined Renault as an engineer and product manager in 1994 before leaving in 2000. He returned to the French automaker around three years ago.
With a new overseer in place, the Alliance can now effectively be rebooted. Hopefully, this would help stabilize the business in both Nissan and Renault, as well as in Mitsubishi. In particular, sales of the Japanese brand have dropped significantly since the Ghosn scandal emerged.