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Patrick Pelata will join the Renault-Nissan alliance

Patrick Pelata stepped down as COO of Renault Monday in the wake of revelations that the French automaker had falsely accused three of its managers of espionage.

Pelata will take up a position with the Renault-Nissan alliance and will, thus, stay connected to the French automaker. The alliance is the cooperation body for the two carmakers. Renault owns a controlling stake in Nissan.

Renault said in a statement that it had reached agreement in principle with the executives who were falsely accused.

In addition, the carmaker announced the departure of key security personnel and it relieved an internal HR manager and an in-house lawyer of their duties pending further discussions.

Renault also made a series of senior management changes to prevent similar embarrassing situations from recurring. It promoted Marie-Francoise Damesion, HR director to the Executive Committee and planned to instate direct reporting lines to the CEO for a number of key departments.

The reorganization of the group's security department is now a priority, Renault said.