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Default R-I-P Francois Michelin

Francois Michelin, the former head of Michelin Tyres, passed away on April 29, 2015 at the age of 88.

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Born in 1926, Francois Michelin was the grandson of Edouard Michelin, the founder of Michelin et Cie. He was a mathematics student before joining the Carmes factory in 1951, where he followed onboarding as an engineer. For two years, he was a shift employee, first as a worker in the truck workshop on the Carmes site then as an operator for passenger car tires in Cataroux. He then trained with the salesforce, visiting dealers throughout France, and spent several months training in Italy at the Turin factory. Upon returning to France, he became shop manager for the truck workshop at the Carmes site and then spent a year in research.

Francois Michelin went on to become the Managing Partner of the Manufacture Française des Pneumatiques Michelin (MFPM) and the Compagnie Générale des Etablissements Michelin (CGEM). He continued in this position till 2002.

Under his leadership, Michelin achieved many milestones. Here are some of them:
  • 1965: Creation of the Technology Center in Ladoux
  • 1975: Setting up its first factory in the United States in Greenville
  • 1990: Acquisition of Uniroyal-Goodrich
  • 1996: Global reorganization of the Company

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