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Renault Samsung appoints new CEO

New Renault Samsung CEO Dominique Signora / Courtesy of Renault Samsung

By Jhoo Dong-chan


Renault Samsung has appointed Dominique Signora as its new CEO as of Nov. 1, the carmaker said Wednesday.

Born in 1967, Signora received his MBA from ESSEC Business School in France in 1990, and joined Renault Group the following year. He then served in various positions in the group, including RCI Korea CEO, Nissan Sales Finance general manager, RCI Brazil CEO and RCI Bank and Services vice president.

Renault Samsung said he has had an excellent track record for four years since he served as CEO of RCI Korea in 2006. Signora then proved his ability at taking on challenges in new environments of various countries and regions including Europe, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil and Japan.

In his inauguration speech, Signora praised Renault Samsung employees for setting their goals high and continuously making efforts to achieve them despite various unfavorable market challenges. Its goals are to become No. 1 in quality, No. 3 in domestic sales and the best carmaker in the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

He also asked them to continue striving together with him to realize these goals.

Signora faces challenges in the rapidly changing auto market as well as achieving the carmaker's target of "sustainable, profitable growth."

Under the group's mid-term strategy slogan of "Drive the Future," Signora also said it will continuously introduce innovative products, including connected and autonomous cars, for the next six years.

He added the Korean people's diligence and potential will be one of Renault Samsung's great assets, and called for the carmaker's employees to help make it a sustainable company.

Renault Samsung sold a total of 75,172 cars in Korea in the January-to-September period this year, up 5.6 percent from a year ago.

Despite its growth in sales, Renault Samsung was outnumbered in sales competition by its domestic rivals GM Korea and Ssangyong Motor, which sold 102,504 and 79,847 cars, respectively.

Moreover, the carmaker sold only 7,363 cars last month, down 20.2 percent from a year ago.

"Signora's leadership will be tested not only in its sales performance but also in his ability to negotiate with the government," an industry observer said.

"Renault Samsung showcased the carmaker group's most popular Cleo hatchback during this year's Seoul International Motor Show, but failed to sell the model here. And nearly two years has passed since it introduced the popular SM6 sedan. Renault Samsung needs a new car."







Korean Language

르노삼성 신임대표 "수익성 기반 지속 성장" 강조

도미니크 시뇨라 대표 1일 공식 취임

도미니크 시뇨라(Dominique SIGNORA) 르노삼성자동차 신임대표가 1일 공식 취임했다.

르노삼성에 따르면 지난달 사임한 박동훈 전 대표로부터 자리를 넘겨받은 시뇨라 대표는 1967년생이다.

1990년 프랑스 에섹(ESSEC) 비즈니스스쿨 MBA(경영학 석사과정)를 졸업하고 1991년 르노그룹에 입사한 뒤 닛산 영업 재무 관리 등을 거쳐 직전까지 글로벌 RCI뱅크앤서비스(Bank & Service) 부사장을 역임했다.

특히 시뇨라 사장은 2006년 이후 약 4년간 RCI코리아(르노삼성 계열 금융사) 대표로 재직하며 한국과 인연을 쌓아왔다.

그는 취임사를 통해 '르노삼성차 임직원들이 지난 위기의 순간을 극복하기 위해 '품질 1등, 국내판매 톱3'라는 목표를 세우고 노력한 사실을 높이 평가한다'며 '이 목표를 실현할 수 있도록 함께 노력해달라'고 당부했다.

아울러 그는 최근 급변하는 세계 자동차 시장에 대응하기 위해 르노그룹이 세운 '수익성 기반의 지속 성장' 목표를 강조했다.

르노그룹은 이런 목표 아래 중기 전략(2017~2022년)을 추진, 커넥티드 카(정보통신기술 연계 차량)와 자율주행 자동차 등 혁신 제품들을 출시하고 르노-닛산-미쓰비시 얼라이언스(동맹)의 연구개발 역량과 '규모의 경제'를 극대화할 계획이다.

시뇨라 사장은 '르노삼성 또한 그룹의 비전에 발맞춰 새 비전을 정할 것'이라며 '한국 근무 중 느꼈던 한국인의 근면과 저력에 르노그룹의 120년 유·무형 자산을 효과적으로 접목, 지속적으로 성장 가능한 르노삼성자동차를 함께 만들어 가자'고 덧붙였다.(연합)

 



New Renault Samsung CEO Dominique Signora / Courtesy of Renault Samsung

By Jhoo Dong-chan


Renault Samsung has appointed Dominique Signora as its new CEO as of Nov. 1, the carmaker said Wednesday.

Born in 1967, Signora received his MBA from ESSEC Business School in France in 1990, and joined Renault Group the following year. He then served in various positions in the group, including RCI Korea CEO, Nissan Sales Finance general manager, RCI Brazil CEO and RCI Bank and Services vice president.

Renault Samsung said he has had an excellent track record for four years since he served as CEO of RCI Korea in 2006. Signora then proved his ability at taking on challenges in new environments of various countries and regions including Europe, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil and Japan.

In his inauguration speech, Signora praised Renault Samsung employees for setting their goals high and continuously making efforts to achieve them despite various unfavorable market challenges. Its goals are to become No. 1 in quality, No. 3 in domestic sales and the best carmaker in the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

He also asked them to continue striving together with him to realize these goals.

Signora faces challenges in the rapidly changing auto market as well as achieving the carmaker's target of "sustainable, profitable growth."

Under the group's mid-term strategy slogan of "Drive the Future," Signora also said it will continuously introduce innovative products, including connected and autonomous cars, for the next six years.

He added the Korean people's diligence and potential will be one of Renault Samsung's great assets, and called for the carmaker's employees to help make it a sustainable company.

Renault Samsung sold a total of 75,172 cars in Korea in the January-to-September period this year, up 5.6 percent from a year ago.

Despite its growth in sales, Renault Samsung was outnumbered in sales competition by its domestic rivals GM Korea and Ssangyong Motor, which sold 102,504 and 79,847 cars, respectively.

Moreover, the carmaker sold only 7,363 cars last month, down 20.2 percent from a year ago.

"Signora's leadership will be tested not only in its sales performance but also in his ability to negotiate with the government," an industry observer said.

"Renault Samsung showcased the carmaker group's most popular Cleo hatchback during this year's Seoul International Motor Show, but failed to sell the model here. And nearly two years has passed since it introduced the popular SM6 sedan. Renault Samsung needs a new car."





Jhoo Dong-chan jhoo@koreatimes.co.kr
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