Michelin names Scott Clark to lead North American operations in Greenville

December 19, 2017

The Michelin Group has chosen a successor for retiring North American CEO Pete Selleck.

In an announcement Tuesday afternoon, the French tire maker announced that longtime company vice president Scott Clark will be taking over leadership duties at the company's regional headquarters in Greenville. 

Selleck announced his Dec. 31 retirement last month after having led the North American division for six years. Clark assumes duties as the next chairman and president of Michelin North America on Jan. 1.

Additionally, Michelin promoted Chief Financial Officer Joanie Martin to the position of chief administrative officer in North America, a newly created role in the company.

In a statement from Michelin Group headquarters in France, group CEO Jean-Dominique Senard said Clark has represented the voice of Michelin customers with "dependable passion" for more than 20 years.

"Scott is well equipped to lead Michelin North America, especially as we transition next year to a new organizational structure," Senard said.

Going forward, Michelin’s North America region will comprise the United States and Canada. Up to now, the regional division included Mexico. Currently, Michelin North America has 22,700 employees at 19 manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Michelin is one of Greenvile County's top employers with about 4,000 people working at the company, according to the Greenville Area Development Corp. Another 4,000 people work at Michelin facilities statewide, including a plant in Anderson County's Sandy Springs community that is the company's largest rubber-producing plant in the world.

Under Michelin North America’s new structure, Clark will be responsible for all key customer-facing functions of the company, including sales and marketing for North America, as well as quality, technical and supply-chain units.

“I am excited about the future for our company as we refocus our business top to bottom on the relationships that matter most — those with our customers,” Clark said in a statement. “We want to deliver a customer experience that is as differentiated and satisfying as the quality and performance of Michelin products.”

Since 2007, Clark has served as executive vice president of Michelin North America and chief operating officer of its passenger- and light-truck tire unit spanning the United States, Canada and Mexico. He also previously served as senior vice president of Michelin’s heavy-truck tire unit in Asia. He has also held leadership roles in marketing, sales and other functions for units in Europe.

Reporting to the chairman and president in her new role as chief administrative officer, Martin, a certified public accountant, will be responsible for critical business-support functions that include communications, corporate development, finance, legal services, personnel, safety and environment, among others. Like Clark, she has worked with Michelin for 21 years.

"Our goal is to empower Michelin employees by placing them closer to the customers at the heart of our business," Martin said in a statement. “Executing this transition successfully will further position Michelin as a winning leader in sustainable mobility for years ahead, in North America and globally.”

Previously, Martin was financial director and controller for Michelin’s passenger- and light-truck tire business across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Earlier assignments included various leadership roles in the tax and audit functions for Michelin in Greenville and Clermont-Ferrand.

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