"Well, right now I am learning how to communicate in the Spanish language. Language skills are very important while working abroad, in order to properly demonstrate respect, not only for your employees, but also your customers. Having operated in a second language while working in Europe over the past 10 years, I'm now trying to learn Spanish, so I can communicate effectively when I work in Mexico with our colleagues and customers there." -- Pete Selleck
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Pete Selleck became Chairman and President in October 2011.
He is responsible for the coordination of all operations of the Michelin Group in North America (United States, Canada and Mexico), consisting of 18 major manufacturing facilities, 22,200
employees and annual revenues of $8.2 billion. Selleck holds degrees from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a B.S. in engineering and applied sciences, and Clemson University, where he earned an M.B.A. He began his career as an Army officer in the 4th Infantry Division, where he served as a platoon leader and a company commander, then, subsequently, served more than 20 years in the
Selleck joined Michelin in 1982, holding various positions in Michelin’s Greenville, S.C. passenger car and light-truck tire plant. He served as an industrial engineer, managed both a quality control department and tire assembly operation, coordinated plant production operations and served as plant manager 1991–93.
In 1993, he took responsibility for the operation of the eight plants manufacturing Michelin® brand passenger, light-truck and truck tires, as Vice President of Michelin Tire Manufacturing in the U. S. and Canada.
From 1996 to mid-2003, Selleck acted as Chief Operating Officer of Michelin Americas Small Tires (a tactical operating unit in Michelin North America). In this capacity, he was responsible for product development, marketing, and manufacturing and sales of Michelin®, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal®, private and associate brand passenger and light-truck tires in the North American replacement market.
From mid-2003 to December 2005, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the passenger car and light-truck tires replacement market in Europe.
In January 2006, Selleck was appointed to the Michelin Group’s Executive Council and took responsibility as President of Michelin’s worldwide Truck Tire business. In this position, he managed teams in eight geographic zones responsible for development, manufacturing, marketing, sales, quality and supply chain activities worldwide, representing 30 percent of the company’s revenues