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Born in 1956, Gilles Michel graduated from «Ecole Polytechnique», from «Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique» (ENSAE) and from «Institut d’Etudes Politiques» (IEP), Paris. He started his career in 1982 at the World Bank in Washington D.C. He joined the Management of Group Saint-Gobain in 1986 and as from 2000, held the position of Chairman of the “Ceramiques & Plastiques” branch. He moved to the Peugeot-Citroën Group in 2002 and was successively its Technical and Procurement Executive VP, member of Group Executive Committee, and CEO of Citroën and a member of the PSA Board of Management. In 2009, he was appointed CEO of the “Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (FSI)”, France. In 2010 Gilles Michel joined the Imerys Group and became its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He also serves as a Board member of Brussels based listed company SOLVAY.