A Moroccan at the head of the Stellantis factory in Kenitra

Stellantis has just formalized the appointment of Mounir Kharbouche as General Manager of its Kenitra plant, a position he has held since November 2022. The first Moroccan to manage a Stellantis industrial site, this native of Taza succeeds Sergio Rivas, called to other functions within the group.

Born in 1979, Mounir Kharbouche is a graduate of the Mohammedia School of Engineers (EMI) and holds an Executive MBA from IAE Paris-Sorbonne Business School. He began his career in 2002 at ST Microelectronics Casablanca, as a production engineer, before joining the Moroccan unit of French Valeo and then that of German Leoni.

An “ex” Renault Group

After the two equipment manufacturers, Mounir Kharbouche reached a new level in 2010 and joined the teams of a car manufacturer, in this case Renault Group. As Senior Manufacturing Manager, he participated in particular in the start of production of the second generation of the Dacia Logan, Sandero and Sandero Stepway in the Tangier plant of the manufacturer in Losange.

In 2016, Mounir Kharbouche’s career continued beyond Moroccan borders. After a short hiatus at the Nissan plant in Sunderland, England, he landed the position of General Manager Manufacturing at the Renault plant in Flins, France, which then produced the Renault ZoĆ© and the Nissan Micra. Finally, in September 2021, he left Renault Group to join the ranks of Stellantis, officiating at the Poissy site, in France, before being appointed general manager of the Kenitra plant.

At the head of the Moroccan site, his mission will be to lead the planned extension of production capacitiesas well as the start of production of new models belonging to the Stellantis “Smart Car” program.

Hicham Smyej

January 17, 2023 at 7:32 p.m.

Modified January 17, 2023 at 7:58 p.m.

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