Renault-Nissan names ex-Daimler exec connected car boss

PARIS -- Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has picked former Daimler executive Kal Mos to lead the alliance's connected car activities.

Mos succeeds Ogi Redzic, who joined the alliance from Nokia in 2016 as the alliance's head of connected vehicles and mobility services.

Redzic is returning to the United States for family reasons, the company said.

Mos, who joined the alliance from Daimler in March, becomes global vice president for connected vehicles, with responsibility for design, deployment and release of systems, features and services.

One of the alliance’s priorities is a common infotainment system across all brands.

Mos will report to Hadi Zablit, senior vice president for business development, as did Redzic.

Zablit will assume direction of mobility services at the alliance. His responsibilities were expanded in March as part of an alliance-wide reorganization to deepen synergies across companies and brands.

CEO Carlos Ghosn is seeking to ensure that the alliance, which started in 1999 when Renault took a controlling share in financially struggling Nissan, endures after his retirement.

Redzic worked at Motorola and Nokia before joining Renault-Nissan.

Redzic, who holds a master’s in computer science and an MBA, started his career at Motorola and worked at other telecommunications companies before joining Nokia in 2012. He was senior vice president, automotive, at Here, Nokia’s mobility services division, when he joined the alliance.

Before joining the alliance, Mos was vice president of artificial intelligence and digital vehicles at Mercedes-Benz research and development, North America. He recently led development of the MBUX infotainment system. Before joining Mercedes-Benz in 2002, he worked briefly as a technologist at General Motors. Mos holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Tokyo, with a focus on probability modeling and uncertainty analytics.

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