The 48-year-old Frenchman started his career at Citroen in 1996, and served as Peugeot Director of Design between January, 2010 and July, 2020.
In his new role Vidal will report to existing head of design Laurens van den Acker and former Seat designer Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos.
"We are thrilled to welcome Gilles Vidal into our team. Gilles has an intimate knowledge of creating strong and attractive design-led brands,” van den Acker said in a statement from Renault.
“His widely recognised experience, his sense of innovation and passion for design will be great assets for Groupe Renault. Gilles has been an inspiration for many, and I’m looking forward to work with him to meet the challenges of tomorrow's mobility.”
Matthias Hossann has been announced as his replacement at Peugeot.
Below: Watch Gilles Vidal explain the process of designing the Peugeot 308 interior