The Truth About Tavares Slowly Slips Out

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the truth about tavares slowly slips out

The departure of Carlos Tavares is barely 24 hours old, but we’re already getting reports of the genesis of Tavares’ exit, which was only partially brought about by his public courting of North American OEMs.

A report by Bloomberg claims that Tavares also sought expanded responsibilities from CEO Carlos Ghosn as part of his role as COO

Tavares wanted to expand his responsibilities beyond purely operational decision-making to include oversight of areas such as human resources and legal matters, one of the people said.

Ghosn, who is also the CEO of alliance partner Nissan Motor Co., turned him down and offered to let him stay as COO, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks were private. Tavares, who would have still reported to Ghosn under his proposal for a broader role, decided instead to seek a top post elsewhere, they said.

Tavares, who assumed the role two years ago, negotiated a crucial deal with French unions that saw domestic assembly plants preserved in exchange for a nearly 20 percent reduction in the workforce. Tavares also achieved similar labor cost reductions at Nissan’s North American unit.

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  • Romanjetfighter Romanjetfighter on Aug 30, 2013

    I'm intrigued by his look. I am not sure how he pulls off the semi-rimless and rimless glasses look so well. Is it his eyes? His nose? The bugger should be a model for Tag Heuer or something.

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    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Aug 30, 2013

      @Waftable Torque It worked for Charlie Brown too, and those Family Circle kids. Their eyes were dots of india ink, though.

  • Conslaw Conslaw on Aug 30, 2013

    At least Tavares will always have his royalties from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

    • Austin Greene Austin Greene on Aug 31, 2013

      First laugh of my day! As they used to say in the '70s: "Thanks, I needed that."

  • BklynPete BklynPete on Aug 30, 2013

    Good one, Conslaw! Tavares sounds very talented but now his options seem limited. Japan is out. VW is out. BMW is out. Maybe one of the Koreans? GM culturally couldn't put a European in charge. Ford probably would, but not in the present climate. Mullaly groomed Mullet Boy Fields for the CEO job. Judging by all the product launch and QC troubles of late, I'd say Fields isn't up to the task but it will happen anyway. Sales and the stock are doing well. Unless the bottom falls out quickly, I don't see that kind of shakeup happening. I would imagine that Daimler is pretty fed up with Dr. Z and how he's ceded M-B market share and diluted the product into a commodity. If that $30K fwd sedan isn't a huge hit, that's a possibility. Finally, I hope to hell the latest Italian govt. makes Sergio Marchionne spread out management tasks better. While I'm sure he's an even worse egoist than Carlos Ghosn, at least Sergio's on thinner ice. The never-ending Fiat disaster might put his head under the chopper. Wouldn't a guy like Tavares come in handy then?

  • Philippe Philippe on Aug 31, 2013

    What I've read in the French press is that Tavares was not really involved in the discussions with the unions. He was also said to have been infuriated with the decision not to involve Renault in the joint Mercedes-Infiniti program. In the end, life under Carlos Ghosn means you quickly have to understand who's running the show !