Renault Sport F1, the Formula 1 division of Renault, has announced that Jean-Michel Jalinier will become its President from January 1 2012. He will replace Bernard Rey, who is leaving the company. Jalinier will report directly to the chairman and chief executive officer of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, and will take responsibility for the strategic operation of Renault Sport F1 as it prepares for the 2012 F1 season and the challenge of the new engine formula due to come into force in 2014.
Jean-Michel Jalinier is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers. He then studied for a doctorate in mechanical engineering and spent three years as a professor at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble. He joined Renault in 1985 to work on research projects, being based at the factory at Cleon, near Rouen. He studied for an MBA at INSEAD and then moved into management, becoming head of the research department at the Renault factory at Flins, near Paris, in 1991. In 1996 he was put in charge of Renault’s planning for an alliance with General Motors and then in 2003 was named the head of Renault Russia, a post that he held for six years. In 2009 he was moved to Brazil, where he has been head of Renault Mercosur and President of Renault Brasil for the last two years.
Rey has been in charge of Renault F1 since 2007.