Truck-tire exec takes reins at Michelin North America

Oct. 18, 2011
Pete Selleck, 56, a 29-year Michelin veteran, has begun his tenure as chairman & president of Michelin North America, having succeeded Richard “Dick” Wilkerson who is retiring to become chairman emeritus. According to the company, Selleck is now responsible for coordinating all Michelin activities in Canada, Mexico and the United States

Pete Selleck, 56, a 29-year Michelin veteran, has begun his tenure as chairman & president of Michelin North America, having succeeded Richard “Dick” Wilkerson who is retiring to become chairman emeritus. According to the company, Selleck is now responsible for coordinating all Michelin activities in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Now based at Michelin North America’s headquarters in Greenville, S.C., he previously served as president of Michelin’s global truck tires division, a post he held starting in 2006. In that role, Michelin noted, he “was responsible for 30% 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,” said Michelin 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,” said 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.”

Michelin also pointed out that in his previous role Selleck 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 vp 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.

Selleck is a graduate of both the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he studied civil engineering, and Clemson University, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration. He began his career as an Army officer in the 4th Infantry Division, where he served as a platoon leader and a company commander.

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