Gilles Michel’s biography

Independent director, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and of the Governance, Appointments and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, and Member of the Strategy Committee

Portrait of Gilles Michel, Valeo Board Member

Gilles Michel has extensive experience in the automotive industry, after a number of years in senior management positions at PSA Peugeot Citroën, where he held roles such as brand manager for Citroën and Peugeot SA Managing Board member.

He began his career at ENSAE, before moving to the World Bank in Washington DC. He joined Saint Gobain in 1986, where he spent 16 years in various senior management roles, mainly in the United States, before being appointed Chairman 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 brand manager for Citroën and a member of the Peugeot SA Managing Board. From December 1, 2008, Gilles Michel served as Chief Executive Officer of Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (FSI), where he was responsible for equity investments in companies offering growth and competitiveness for the French economy. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Imerys until June 25, 2019, having previously been a director, Chief Operating Officer and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

He is a graduate of the École polytechnique, ENSAE and the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP).

He is a French citizen and speaks French and English.