Selleck assumes Michelin North America leadership
On October 17, Michelin North America’s Richard Wilkerson handed over the top job in the company to Pete Selleck. US-born Selleck, previously president of Michelin’s Truck and Bus division, returned from his France-based position to take over as chairman and president of Michelin North America after Wilkerson announced his intention to retire. As chairman and president, Selleck assumes responsibility for coordinating all Michelin activities in Canada, Mexico and the United States; Wilkerson remains with Michelin as chairman emeritus.
“Pete has a keen business insight and a heart for his employees,” said Michelin managing partner Jean-Dominique Senard. “He is one of the key leaders who sets Michelin apart. He has a passion for innovation and is dedicated to transforming mobility. I am confident that Michelin North America will continue to excel under his leadership.”
“I’ve been proud to have Dick Wilkerson as a colleague and a friend for more than 25 years,” Selleck added. “Dick has left an indelible mark – with Michelin performing very effectively in North America even during the worst recession in decades. My challenge is to take a strong company with exceptional people to the next level – delivering even more for our customers.”
Selleck took over leadership of Michelin’s global Truck Tires division in January 2006. In that role, he was responsible for 30 per cent of Michelin’s revenues and is credited with leading a number of major initiatives, including the rollout of Michelin’s Durable Technologies and implementing modernisation efforts at truck tyre plants in Europe and North America while launching major capacity expansions in China, India and Brazil. Earlier in his career at Michelin – which began in 1982 at the tyre maker’s Greenville, South Carolina passenger car and light-truck tyre plant – Selleck served in various manufacturing positions, including industrial engineer, shop manager, plant production manager and plant manager. He was also vice-president of Michelin Tire Manufacturing in the United States and Canada, COO of Michelin Americas Small Tires and COO of the passenger car and light truck tyres replacement market business in Europe.