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IRF Executives Talks with Florent Menegaux

September 11, 2020 @ 2:00 am 2:30 pm CEST


The International Road Federation (IRF) hosted on Friday 11 September, Mr Florent Menegaux, CEO of Michelin for the very first ‘IRF Executives Talks’. The event kicked off this new series of 30-minutes discussions with CEOs and high-level executives from the world’s most innovative and influential companies and organisations in our industry that IRF will be hosting regularly over the next months.


Commenting on the recent news of Michelin regaining position 1 in the global ranking for tire industry, Menegaux said « It’s a great honor and a reward for our teams around the world, especially in this unprecedented times. It’s the result of our teams’ hard work ».


Questionned on how Michelin coped with the lockdown and overall the Covid-19 pandemic, Menegaux stated “During this crisis, not only did we protect our employees but supported all our communities. We supported also our providers by continuing placing orders and we donated masks to health authorities”.


Discussing on what recovery should look like and on the future of mobility, the CEO stressed the need to bet on collective intelligence and the ecosystem approach. He made reference to Movin’On not only an international Summit that takes place in Montreal, with 5,000 participants but also a Think and Do Tank via the Movin’On LAB, whose job is to promote sustainable mobility for a better quality of life.


“Believe in you, in the technology, in the collective wisdom and your work will be what you want it to be. Have faith in corporations, in your governments and in the power of your vote. It will be better tomorrow!” was the encouraging message Menegaux addressed to the younger generations in his concluding remarks.


The IRF Executives Talks are animated by Susanna Zammataro, IRF Director General.


Biography of Mr. Florent MenegauxCEO, Michelin 

After graduating with a degree in finance, management and economics, Florent Menegaux joined Price Waterhouse in 1986 as a consultant. He was soon appointed manager, specializing in interest rate risk control and management for banks.

In 1991, Exel Logistics France, a logistics and transport company, offered him the position of Finance Director. Six months later, he was promoted General Manager. From 1995 to 1996, Florent Menegaux was General Manager of the General Cargo Transport division for the Norbert Dentressangle Group.

In 1997, Florent Menegaux joined Michelin as Commercial Director for truck tires in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. In 2000, Michelin appointed him Sales Director for Truck Tires Original Equipment and Replacement markets for North America. In 2003, he became head of Truck Tires for South America.

In 2005, he was appointed head of the Africa – Middle East Zone.

In January 2006, Florent Menegaux became responsible for the Group’s Passenger Car and Light Truck Tire Replacement Business Unit for Europe, before being appointed Executive Vice President for the Passenger Car and Light Truck worldwide activities, becoming a member of the Group Executive Committee, in 2008. He also oversees Michelin’s Motorsports activities and Materials business.

In December 2014, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer and then Senior Executive Vice President of the Michelin Group in 2017.

In January 2018, he also supervises the Group’s Business Directions, and the Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Customer Experience Operational Directions.

On May 18, 2018, Florent Menegaux is named Managing General Partner of the Group.

On May 17, 2019, Florent Menegaux is named Chief Executive Officer.

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