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Redzic is tasked with developing a "startup mindset" at Renault-Nissan (Photo: Here)

Renault and its alliance partner Nissan have hired a senior Here executive to help the two brands further develop their connected-car initiatives.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance said in a press release that Ogi Redzic has been appointed early this year as alliance senior vice president, connected  vehicles and mobility services.

Redzic, 45 most recently served as head of the automotive activities of mapping specialist Nokia Here. The Finland-based company was  acquired last year by a consortium of German premium carmakers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

In his new role, Redzic is based in Paris and oversees teams at both Renault’s TechnoCentre in France and the Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi, Japan. The new executive is specifically tasked with speeding up the development and approval process for applications and mobility services that can be used across the alliance brands.

Redzic's teams will also broaden cooperations with technology companies and high-tech suppliers. And, under Redzic's leadership, Renault-Nissan is looking to "encourage a startup mindset," the alliance said in its press release.