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Renault Retail Group appoints new managing director

Renault Retail Group has appointed Michal Kalina as its new managing director with immediate effect.

Kalina will oversee Renault’s manufacturer owned Renault, Dacia and Nissan dealerships in the UK.

He replaces Len Curran who has been appointed managing director for Renault Retail’s European region. Curran was in the MD position at Renault Retail Group in the UK for less than a year, starting the role at the end of January.

Kalina joined Renault in 1991 as a commercial manager and went on to become the commercial operations director of Renault Poland. Following nine years with Renault Poland he joined Renault Retail Group in the UK as the general manager of Renault Enfield in 2000.

He then returned to Poland in 2003 and was first responsible for setting up Renault Retail Group operations in the country, later becoming its managing director.

Ken Ramirez, managing director of Renault UK, said: “Michal’s vast experience of Renault Retail Group operations, including his previous experience in the UK market, will secure sound leadership in our largest dealer group in the UK.

“His appointment coincides with the clear turning point of growth for Renault and Dacia in the market, for which the Renault Retail Group network plays an important role.”

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  • pete - 01/10/2013 16:06

    Wonder if he ever sold a car. Or just another graduate accelerated promotion scheme. Not in touch with the customers. Just corporate management speak bol*&cks

    • Paul - 02/10/2013 20:01

      @pete - If you read the article he has been a GM of a Renault dealer so he has "shop floor" experience.

    • Dean - 03/10/2013 14:56

      @pete - Pleas re-read the article and you will see that he has been General Manager of Renault Enfield back in 2000 before that I believe he also ran another Renault dealership in Croydon. If you work in the trade, you will know that every General Manager worth his salt has had to deal with their fair share of "Screamers" at some point in their career - so he will have more than adequate first hand "shop floor" experience here in the UK. Add to that the fact that he has been Commercial Manager, Commercial Operations Director and Managing Director, he is more than adequately qualified for the job he has landed. - Good Luck to him!

  • Cartyharley - 01/10/2013 22:58

    Does he always look so happy when he gets an exciting new job?

  • steven turberville greenley - 27/01/2014 17:36

    having majour problem with my car renault digbeth sold it me the manager is not very good my wheel come loose , this is the 2nd set in only 48 miles of driving the car, all i want is new wheels they will not give me the area managers phone number plaese help