Renault boss Carlos Ghosn has confirmed that Carlos Tavares left his post as chief operating officer at Renault as a result of publicly declaring a desire to head up General Motors.
Speaking at the Frankfurt motor show today Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Nissan said: "Without that statement I can say he would be here today."
"Those statements triggered a huge reaction inside and outside the company. So I consulted with him and our partners and after many meetings he and I agreed it was best he leave.
"I say again: without those statements he would be here today."
At the time of his departure, Renault would only say he had left to "to pursue other personal projects".
In an interview with Bloomberg last month Tavares, 55, admitted that he was unlikely to succeed Carlos Ghosn, 59, as CEO of the company, instead saying that he had aspirations to move to head a global US car manufacturer, such as General Motors or Ford.