Group strategy and business development director Laurent Rossi will take over as chief executive of the Alpine brand with responsibility for the road car side and sporting activities including F1.
Media speculation has suggested executive director Marcin Budkowski had already been lined up to replace Abiteboul, with Davide Brivio expected to arrive from MotoGP champions Suzuki in a chief executive role.
Brivio announced last week that he was leaving Suzuki for a new challenge outside MotoGP.
Renault CEO Luca de Meo is due to make a Group strategy announcement on Thursday.
Brivio’s arrival, which will be announced in the coming days, shows how much input De Meo is having on the Formula One team.
De Meo got to know Brivio when the veteran Italian was leading Yamahai’s MotoGP team, as the new Renault man was close to the top of the Fiat Group, that was sponsoring the Japanese manufacturer, as Valentino Rossi was its stop driver. De Meo quickly appreciated Brivio’s contribution to the team’s success and was disappointed when Brivio left. Even more so when he joined Suzuki, to have an instant impact in the results of the Japanese manufacturer, showing again how strong his leadership capabilities are.