Pete Selleck, a 29-year Michelin veteran, begins his tenure as chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc. today (Oct. 17, 2011). Selleck succeeds Richard “Dick” Wilkerson, who is retiring to become chairman emeritus. The retirement was announced in June.
Selleck assumes responsibility for coordinating all Michelin activities in Canada, Mexico and the United States. He returns to Greenville, S.C., from Groupe Michelin's global headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France, where he has served as president of Michelin’s global truck tire division since January 2006. In that role, he was responsible for 30% of Michelin’s revenues.
“Pete has a keen business insight and a heart for his employees,” said 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,” says Selleck. “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.”
In his previous role, Selleck, 56, led many major initiatives, including the rollout of X-One tires in North America. Additionally, he implemented modernization efforts at truck tire plants in Europe and North America while launching major capacity expansions in China, India and Brazil.
Earlier in his career at Michelin, 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 U.S. and Canada, COO of Michelin Americas Small Tires and COO of the passenger car and light truck tires replacement market business in Europe.