New Michelin Guides international director
Gwendal Poullennec has succeeded Michael Ellis as international director of the Michelin Guides. He began in this role yesterday and will manage the 32 editions of the Michelin guide and lead the global team of Michelin inspectors, reporting directly to Pascal Couasnon, director of gastronomic and tourist activities in the Michelin Group.
Poullennec joined the Michelin group in 2003 after leaving ESSEC Business School in France, and has spent the past 12 years in charge of the international deployment of the Michelin guide in the United States and Asia. He was also the initiator of the Michelin Guide launches in New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Kyoto and more recently Bangkok and Taipei. Poullennec was appointed general secretary of the Michelin guide in 2014 and headed up new digital interfaces for the group.