One was born on March 7, the opposite on March eight. One is slender, the opposite, stocky and big. Each went by the Michelin faculty. That's about all that brings the 2 males collectively.
Since taking workplace at Renault, Jean-Dominique Senard has continued to mark his distance from the person whose identify he by no means says: he doesn’t occupy the identical workplace, he doesn’t use the personal elevator that might take him on to his flooring, he occurs to have lunch within the canteen (the occasion went across the "home" in only a few minutes), he takes airliners to journey (exit the personal jets) … Jean-Dominique Senard, the anti-Ghosn.
Because you took over Renault ten months in the past, you’ve been spared. How is the diamond model doing right now?
The primary six months had been busy with a stage of complexity that I had by no means skilled. A heavy 12 months, fabricated from diagnostics and analysis to search out the best way and permit the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance to search out just a little serenity, and by the best way, at Renault too. I’m not hiding it, the 12 months wasn’t straightforward with a complete collection of roughly straightforward episodes. And on the identical time, a fantastic lesson in calm and self-control as a result of plenty of the information within the Alliance had one thing to shake you up. I had moments of nice doubt.
Have you ever severely thought of resigning on a number of events, particularly on June 6, 2019 when the French State shareholder had the merger plan with Fiat-Chrysler derailed?
As president of Renault, I thought of at instances that it was changing into tough for me to hold out my mission. Serving generally entails a sure variety of servitudes and constraints that you need to know find out how to take in. Nevertheless, by no means crossing the yellow line of your convictions is a rule for me that I’ve at all times utilized in my skilled profession. The day I’ve to cross them, I’ll go away.
What do you bear in mind after this primary 12 months in workplace?
Numerous hope. My life isn’t but a protracted, calm river. However it’s way more easy, since a large step has been taken to enhance the extent of relations throughout the Alliance, Renault, Nissan …
Right now, the Alliance has undoubtedly created a brand new basis of belief, the headquarters have modified, the groups have stopped opposing and are constructing collectively. We’ve got restored an excellent international way of thinking to construct an actual industrial technique. This surroundings is such that each one likelihood is on our aspect right now in order that from 2020, we are going to begin to revive the unique spirit of this Alliance, distinctive on this planet, with gigantic potential. Among the many present leaders, there’s a shared settlement on the target and the sense of urgency, which I’ve by no means recognized for the reason that starting of my presence at Renault.
As with the "Michelin", the "Renault" gave me plenty of vitality and energy once I went to fulfill them, within the factories.
At Renault, "the entire firm aspires to breathe and return to regular"?
Accepting that the opposite doesn’t at all times assume such as you, it’s finally not at all times very critical however it’s important within the Alliance that every stakeholder is aware of that it’s on the identical boat, that it’s going to get by as a result of everybody respects themselves and no person humbles themselves.
France is agitated by the talk on pension reform. How do you see the problem and the social local weather?
I essentially imagine that the French are stuffed with frequent sense. They know that we can not keep within the scenario we’re in. Everyone knows now we have to work longer. We’ve got gained unimaginable life expectancy in 40 years. Mechanically, there are right now extra inactive individuals, within the sense of pensioners, than lively ones, by the straightforward reality of the extension of the lifespan.
The return of the assorted gamers to the negotiating desk will happen. I imagine well-shared resolution can be helpful after a 12 months of social struggling. What I simply hope is that we don't have to return again to the topic of pensions in three years as a result of we haven't completed and solved the essential downside by now.
In recent times, you could have been sharing your convictions about company duties, haunted by the shareholder drift of capitalism …
Right now, it’s completely essential to combine the social context, these actions that are manifested all around the world, these populations which search that means and on the identical time, a type of satisfaction of private growth. These actions categorical this nervousness of declassification within the face of this bipolar world, between those that really feel they’ve stalled in relation to globalization and people, quite the opposite, who’ve mastered it completely … The digital revolution has not helped something.
These social phenomena can’t be ignored. If we don’t face them, we’re lacking an apparent actuality.
How can capitalism be accountable?
The French desire a capitalism that helps them. In France, this work is in progress. Sure, the state should play its function, however companies are on the coronary heart of this transformation. And if we miss this episode, the mistrust that’s expressed right now, is not going to disappear. If, alternatively, we achieve demonstrating that we’re there for revenue, as a result of it isn’t a unclean phrase, as a result of now we have to outlive, that now we have many different social and environmental aims, we are going to find yourself by change the sport. There’s a will to go there, there is no such thing as a hostility. It additionally takes just a little empathy to grasp that our fellow residents have an advanced life, that now we have to convey them just a little happiness by skilled achievement as a result of right now they’ve the psychological feeling of working for one thing which fits past the revenue that shall be shared by shareholders.
For you, it’s pressing to liberate our economic system in any other case, warn your self, "we are going to quickly have solely our eyes to cry" …
It's pressing. I imagine it all of the extra for the reason that interval by which we reside is pivotal. We’re witnessing the rise of worldwide political and financial forces and, allow us to not cover behind our little finger, they’re forces of conquest. Europe is beneath risk right now. This third European means, I name it my needs, let's get up! The financial and technological conflict is a actuality.
Interview by Sandrine Thomas
The complete interview to learn within the newspaper on Saturday December 21