Renault SA is planning to name former Volkswagen AG executive Luca de Meo as its chief executive at an extraordinary board meeting this week, according to people familiar with the matter, as it seeks to move past the scandal surrounding its former leader Carlos Ghosn and reinvigorate its alliance with Nissan.

Italian Mr. De Meo’s arrival at Renault—which is dependent on confirmation by a board vote—has been regarded in the industry as inevitable after Volkswagen said earlier this month that he was stepping down as head of…

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