Born in 1955, Patrick Pélata is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and of the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées engineering school, and holds a PhD in socioeconomics from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales.
He joined Renault in 1984 as a shop foreman at the Flins plant and from 1985 he contributed to the creation of the Renault Twingo and served in several engineering positions at Vehicle Engineering, where he became Senior Vice-President in 1998 and joined the Renault Management Committee. Following the signature of the Alliance between Renault and Nissan in 1999, he joined Nissan in Tokyo as Executive Vice-President in charge of Corporate and Product Planning, Design and Programs, sitting on the Executive Committee of Nissan and the Executive Board of the Alliance. In 2005, he returned to Renault as Executive Vice-President in charge of Corporate and Product Planning, Design and Programs, and joined the Executive Committee. Patrick Pélata served as Chief Operating Officer on the Renault group from October 2008 to April 2011, before his departure in August 2012.
From September 2012 to July 2015, he was Chief Automotive Officer and Executive Vice-President of Salesforce.com with responsibility for strategy execution and promoting social media, mobility and cloud computing technologies to the automotive industry.
In August 2015, he created Meta Consulting LLC, of which he is the President.
- Director: Safran
- President: Meta Consulting LLC (United States)