Renault Trucks selects Blaise to fill top company position
The company announced that Grégoire Blaise will take over the role with the exit of Lars-Erik Forsbergh, who will head the Volvo Trucks operations in Southeast Asia in Singapore. Before being appointed to the position, Blaise served as general manager and VP of China for Sunwin Bus, a Volvo Group and SAIC joint venture. Blaise has been with the company since 1999.
In the new position, Blaise will oversee all Renault Trucks operations for both North and South markets in the greater Middle East region, including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Yemen, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia.
“I am very proud to assume this new role at Renault Trucks,” he said. “The Greater Middle East region is very important for us and this has been demonstrated by the significant investments we've made in recent years. We're thoroughly committed to serving our loyal customers in the Middle East and my primary objective is ensure that we continue to meet their needs and exceed their expectations.”
Blaise was appointed to this position in August by Christophe Martin, senior vice president at Renault Trucks International. He now manages a total of 21 markets.
Prior to working as general manager and VP of China for Sunwin Bus, the 46-year-old executive served as the managing director for Renault Trucks Dealer Subsidiaries Holding for Strasbourg (2006-2010) and Marseille (2010-2012). Blaise quickly moved up the ladder for Volvo Group Governmental Sales into the general manager, VP spot, where he was responsible for managing manufacturing and purchasing, marketing, sales and improvement of Sunwin-branded products.