Carlos Tavares is a graduate of École Centrale Paris. He held a number of different positions with the Renault Group from 1981 to 2004 before joining Nissan. In 2009, he was appointed Executive Vice President, Chairman of the Management Committee Americas and President of Nissan North America.
He was named Group Chief Operating Officer of Renault in 2011. Since 1 January 2014, he has joined the Managing Board of Peugeot SA. He was named Chairman of the Managing Board since 31 March 2014.