On September 1, 2011, François Provost was appointed CEO of Renault Samsung Motors. A graduate of the “Ecole Polytechnique” and the “Ecole des Mines de Paris” engineering schools, he started his career as senior civil servant in the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, in the Treasury Department. He then became Member of Staff and Advisor to Alain Richard, the French Minister of Defense.
He joined Renault in 2002 in the Sales & Marketing Division in France as branch General Manager, then regional Director in Bordeaux. In 2005, he took the position of Managing Director of Renault-Nissan Portugal. From 2008 to 2010, he was the head of Renault worldwide Sales & Marketing strategy and planning. He was then appointed Chief Operating Officer of Renault Russia. He replaces Jean-Marie Hurgier, who had led Renault Samsung Motors since 2006.