Michelin North America chairman retires

Michelin North America chairman and president Richard “Dick” Wilkerson will retire from the company by the end of the year.

Wilkerson has been with Michelin for 31 years, holding his current role since August 2008. While he was chairman and president, Michelin North America became the largest tire maker in North America by sales and has remained the most profitable tire maker in North America for seven consecutive years, according to the company.

“Dick has demonstrated exemplary leadership throughout his career at Michelin,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, managing general partner of the Michelin Group. ”Most recently, he helped guide Michelin North America to record results in spite of the economic recession. Michelin North America is emerging from this extremely difficult time even stronger than before and with the satisfaction of knowing that no employee lost a job at Michelin because of the economy. To recognize his contribution, we are naming Dick to the newly created role of chairman emeritus of Michelin North America upon his retirement.”

Pete Selleck, who is currently president of Michelin Truck Tires worldwide, will succeed Wilkerson. With his new position, Selleck will be transferred from Michelin’s global headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France, to Greenville, S.C.

Selleck, 55, has been with Michelin for 29 years and has served in his current position since January 2006. In this role, Selleck implemented the Michelin Durable Technologies innovation program, including the rollout of the X-One tires in North America. Additionally, truck tire plants in Europe and North America were modernized, while major capacity expansions in China, India and Brazil were launched.

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