Greenville-based Michelin North America announced Thursday, Nov. 16, its chairman and president Pete Selleck will retire at the end of the year.
Selleck has spent 35 years with the tire manufacturer, the past six at the company’s helm.
“I’ve only had two jobs in my entire life — Michelin and the U.S. Army,” said Selleck, an engineering graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., with 26 years’ active and reserve Army service, in a statement. “The company has given me the most outstanding professional journey I could ever have imagined, and I feel a debt of deepest gratitude to every person who has played a role in my career.
“My plan for several years has been to retire at this time, and my family and I are excited about the next chapter in our lives. I’ll remain available to support the business as needed, and I look forward to the success that I know will follow on the path set by the new leader for Michelin in our zone,” Selleck added.
France-based Michelin Group said Selleck’s successor will be announced in January, coinciding with global company’s plan to implement a new organizational structure in early 2018.
“Pete’s leadership of Michelin North America has represented many of the best ideals of our culture at Michelin,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO of Michelin Group, in a statement. “With a spirit of humility and kindness, Pete has left an indelible mark on the lives of many people, even as he has inspired them to raise performance, innovation, quality, safety, and so many other measures to exciting new heights.”
The company said Selleck began his career at Michelin in 1982 as an industrial engineer at the company’s first U.S. manufacturing plant in Greenville County.
He eventually became the plant’s manager and then served in various roles in the passenger-vehicle tire units in North America and Europe followed by global responsibility for the heavy-truck tire product line until late 2011.
As chairman and president for Michelin North America, Michelin Group’s largest operating unit, Selleck was responsible for coordinating the company’s business activities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, which comprise more than 22,000 employees, the company said.
The company said Selleck presided over Michelin North America during “a period of dynamic growth, in which Michelin Group has invested nearly $4 billion in its North American operations.”
Michelin cited Selleck’s impact on the community, business, and industry in the Upstate, South Carolina, and at the national level.
Selleck and his wife, Nancy, plan to remain in Greenville, where he will continue to assist the company through the leadership transition and other consulting matters “as needed.”