Pete Selleck, a 29-year Michelin veteran, on Monday, Oct. 17, began his tenure as chairman and president of Michelin North America, succeeding Richard “Dick” Wilkerson, who is retiring to become chairman emeritus. Selleck assumes responsibility for coordinating all Michelin activities in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
He returns to Greenville, S.C., from the Michelin Group’s global headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France, where he has served as president of Michelin’s global Truck Tires division since January 2006. In that role, he was responsible for 30 percent of Michelin’s revenues and established Michelin Durable Technologies to leapfrog truck tire performance by incorporating multiple innovations in each tire across the product line.
“Pete has a keen business insight and a heart for his employees,” says Jean-Dominique Senard, managing partner. “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.”
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 United States and Canada, chief operating officer of Michelin Americas Small Tires and COO of the passenger car and light truck tires replacement market business in Europe.