GROUPE RENAULT EMPLOYEES NAMED IN AUTOCAR'S 2018 TOP 100 GREAT BRITISH WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY

  • Two Groupe Renault employees have been named in Autocar’s 2018 Top 100 Great British Women in the Industry
  • Louise O’Sullivan, Head of Dacia UK, named in the Executive Category for second consecutive year
  • Verity Mercer, Brand Strategy Manager for Groupe Renault, named in the Marketing Category
  • Groupe Renault’s strong commitment to diversity includes a proactive policy in favour of equal opportunities

Two British Groupe Renault employees have been named in Autocar’s annual Great British Women in the Industry listing as inspirational British women of 2018. Louise O’Sullivan, Head of Dacia UK and Verity Mercer, Brand Strategy Manager for Groupe Renault have both been named in the prestigious listing this year.

The Top 100 recognises the most influential British women in the global car industry, works in association with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and is backed by many global motor manufacturers. The listing is taken from 10 key areas of the car industry: vehicle development, manufacturing, purchasing, retail, marketing, communications, apprentices, motorsport, design and executive. The Top 100 have been selected by Autocar due to their achievement in the industry so far and the inspiration they provide to others – encouraging future generations of women to follow in their footsteps.

Louise O’Sullivan was included in the Top 100 as part of the Executive Category for the second consecutive year. Louise joined Groupe Renault UK in 1995 on the Graduate Scheme having graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Marketing and French. From there, she moved up the ranks through market analysis, product marketing, sales, after-sales, fleet business and marketing communications. Amongst much more, Louise had responsibility for Renault’s high-end vehicle range in the mid-2000s and then oversaw successful marketing campaigns such as Renault’s sponsorship of ITV’s Jonathan Ross Show. She became Head of Dacia for the UK, Ireland, Malta and Cyprus in October 2015. In her current role, she is responsible for the Dacia brand’s profitability, sales volume, market share, image, product range, pricing, customer offer strategy and now the launch of All-New Duster. Louise has overseen Dacia’s impressive retail market share growth and has also recently celebrated with over 120,000 Dacia vehicles sold since Dacia launched in the UK five years ago.

Nominated by her peers for her vast and broad UK and Global experience, Verity Mercer is known for her enthusiasm and boundless dedication to Groupe Renault, and currently works at the group’s Headquarters in Paris as Brand Strategy Manager. Verity first started out as a Graduate Trainee for Renault UK in 2001 and since then has taken on a variety of roles across the business including International Key Accounts Manager and Brand Communications Manager in the UK. As part of her current role, she is responsible for increasing brand awareness across all business functions through the deployment of Groupe Renault’s global brand strategy to country subsidiaries and importers. Verity was listed in the Top 100 in the Marketing Category.

Women@Renault

Groupe Renault has a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace, including a proactive policy in favour of equal opportunities for women and men across the company.

Convinced that gender diversity fosters performance, innovation and motivation, Renault launched its Women@Renault plan eight years ago in order to increase the proportion of women working at every level of the company. The scheme is founded on a human resources plan and an in-house social network.

Due to this ambitious programme, women accounted for 24.8 per cent of the Group’s staff at the end of 2017 (compared with 10 per cent in 1999). This diversity is found at every level of the company, from the shop floor to the Group Executive Committee, and the current proportion of female staff is particularly high for the automobile industry.

From the outset, the Women@Renault plan has also featured a multi-profession, in-house, mixed-gender, international social network where women and men alike can trade opinions and ideas on subjects such as gender diversity and training- and career management-related best practices.

Key numbers

  • Women accounted for 24.8 per cent of total Group staff at end-2017 (compared with 10 per cent in 1999).
  • 27 per cent of key positions within the Group were held by women at end-2017 (22 per cent in 2012)
  • Three of the 12 members (25 per cent) of the Group Executive Committee in 2017 are women
  • Proactive recruitment targets: 30 per cent women for technical positions (engineering and manufacturing) and 50 per cent women for positions in sales and support services
  • Since 2010, around 670 women have benefited from at least one of the measures specified in the Women@Renault plan: training for leadership (530) and mentoring (140)
  • As of 2017, the Women@Renault network has more than 5,000 members in 14 countries and more than one in five are men
  • Seven of the 19 directors who sit on Renault’s Board of Directors in 2017 are women

ENDS

About Groupe Renault
Groupe Renault has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling 3.76 million vehicles in 127 countries in 2017, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sales and employing more than 120,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the Group is harnessing its international growth and the complementary fit of its five brands, Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA, together with electric vehicles and the unique Alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. With a new team in Formula 1, Renault sees motorsport as a vector of innovation and brand awareness.

In the UK, Groupe Renault UK has nearly 160 dealers selling the range of Renault cars, LCVs and Dacia. Groupe Renault UK sales totalled 113,988 vehicles in 2017.

For further information, please visit www.press.renault.co.uk or @RenaultUKPR or contact:

Matthew Bendall
Head of Press & Public Relations
matthew.bendall@renault.co.uk – 01923 697653 – 07814 990247

Chloe Yemm
Product & Corporate Communications Manager – Renault
chloe.yemm@renault.co.uk – 01923 697342 – 07773 048531

Oliver Lowe
Product & Corporate Communications Manager – LCV and Corporate
Oliver.lowe@renault.co.uk – 01923 697878 – 07816 397540

Callum Chamberlain
Product & Corporate Communications Manager – Dacia
callum.chamberlain@renault.co.uk – 01923 697512 – 07989 434003

Lisa Haworth-Langford
Press Fleet & Events Manager
lisa.haworth-langford@renault.co.uk – 01923 697537 – 07968 128886

Charlie Roper
Press Relations Coordinator
charlie.roper@renault.co.uk – 01923 697778 - 07816 641843

Emma Stacey
Communications Assistant
emma.stacey@renault.co.uk– 01923 697363

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