Renault Sport F1, the company that oversees the Formula 1 operations of the French car manufacturer, has announced that Jean-Michel Jalinier will be its new president from the start of next year.
Jalinier will replace the departing Bernard Rey, who originally took over responsibility for the Renault F1 team in 2007 and became president of Renault Sport F1 when it was created in 2010.
Speaking about the appointment, Renault Sport F1 managing director Jean-Francois Caubet said: "All at Renault Sport F1 would like to thank Bernard for his valuable contribution to Renault's participation in Formula 1. He has represented the interests of the teams at Enstone and latterly at Viry to the very highest levels of Renault, ensuring the continued support of the board. We wish him well in his new ventures.
"We would like to extend a warm welcome to Jean-Michel. His knowledge of the Renault-Nissan group plus his keen interest in Formula 1 and motorsport will serve us well as we move forward to the next phase of Renault's participation in the sport; four teams from 2012 onward and the change in engine regulations in 2014."
Jalinier joined Renault in 1985 and has held numerous positions within the company, including being general manager for Renault Russia in 2003 and president of Renault do Brasil in 2009.