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Lead Director, Independent director, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and of the Governance, Appointment and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
Currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Imerys, Gilles Michel also has considerable experience in the automotive sector, having spent several years in managerial positions at PSA Peugeot Citroën where he was, in particular, Head of the Citroën brand and a member of the Peugeot S.A. Management Board.
Gilles Michel began his career at ENSAE, then the World Bank in Washington D.C. before joining the Saint-Gobain group in 1986 where he held various executive positions, in the US in particular, for sixteen years, before being appointed as President of the Ceramics & Plastics division in 2000. He then joined PSA Peugeot-Citroën in 2001 as Head of Platforms, Techniques and Purchasing, then as Head of the Citroën brand and member of the Peugeot S.A. Management Board.
On December 1, 2008, Gilles Michel took over executive management of the Strategic Investment Fund (FSI), which is responsible for acquiring stakes in the share capital of companies of strategic importance to the growth and competitive status of the French economy. He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Imerys since April 28, 2011, after having served as a director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer since November 3, 2010.
Gilles Michel has degrees from École polytechnique, École nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique, and from Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP).