Gilles Michel’s biography

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Portrait of Gilles Michel, Valeo Board Member

Gilles Michel has extensive experience in the automotive industry, having spent several years in senior management positions at PSA Peugeot Citroën, where he held roles such as Chief Executive Officer of the Citroën brand and member of the Management Board of Peugeot SA.

He began his career at ENSAE, then at the World Bank in Washington DC, before joining the Saint Gobain group in 1986 where, for 16 years, he held various management positions , notably in the United States, before being appointed President of the Ceramics & Plastics division in 2000. He joined PSA Peugeot Citroën in 2001 as Executive Vice-President of Platforms, Technical Affairs and Purchasing, before becoming Chief Executive Officer of the r Citroën brand and a member of the Peugeot SA Managing Board. In 2008, he was the first Chief Executive Officer of Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (FSI), in charge of r equity investments in companies offering growth and competitiveness for the French economy, which he set up and then managed. He headed the f Imerys group from 2010 to 2019, as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman of the Board of Directors.

In addition to his office within Valeo, Gilles Michel is notably a director of Solvay.

He is a graduate of the École polytechnique, École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique and the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP).

He is a French citizen and speaks French and English.