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The president of Michelin North America, Jim Micali, retires

The Michelin Group today announced the decision of Jim Micali, president and CEO of Michelin North America, retire Aug. 15, 2008. Micali, age 60, has held his current position since 1996 and working in the company since 1977.            

Jim Micali will be replaced by Dick Wilkerson, currently executive vice-president of the staff of Michelin North America. Mr. Wilkerson, age 60, is in the service of the company there 28 years and was appointed to his current position in 2006. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Line of specialty products in North America and has led the global scale the activity first rises in the field of civil engineering. After his departure a retirement, Jim Micali act as a consultant to Michelin North America and several other companies in South Carolina.

Michelin, improvement-oriented sustainable mobility, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, trucks, motorcycles and even shuttle Space. The company also publishes travel guides, guides of accommodation and catering, maps and road atlases. Michelin North America (www.michelin-us.com), whose registered office is situated in Greenville, South Carolina, employs more than 22,500 people and operates 19 plants in 17 locations importance. Note to Editors: Please find attached the detailed biographies of Micali and Wilkerson. To download high-definition photos, please visit (www.michelinmedia.com).

Micali was appointed president of Michelin North America in 1996. After obtaining his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1973 and practiced law with the firm of Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney Providence, Rhode Island, he joined Michelin in 1977 and currently occupies until 1984 in various positions in the legal department, including two bases in France. After having been appointed General Counsel and Secretary General of Michelin North America in 1985, he had taken in 1990 towards the legal and financial matters of the Group in North America, has as executive vice president. Jim Micali is a member of the Executive Council of the Michelin Group since 2001. Within the rubber industry, he was president of the board of the Rubber Manufacturers Assn., Completing a one-year term that ended in 2002. was elected a director of Sonoco in 2003 and has served on the Board of Directors of Lafarge North America from 2004 to 2006. He was elected to the Board of SCANA Corp.. in 2008.

In 2004, the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership at Furman University awarded Mr. Micali grade Member Emeritus in economic science and management leadership. Micali was president of the Alliance anufacturers South Carolina; He currently presides over the Chamber of Commerce of South Carolina. Currently course load at the University invites Furman, Mr. Micali has been a member of the board of St. Francis Hospital, Greenville has. He also was decorated with the Order of Merit by the Government of France.              

Richard (Dick) Wilkerson was appointed executive vice-president of the staff of Michelin North America in 2006. He also operates the environment and prevention service. After obtaining his degree in civil engineering from the University Duke, Mr. Wilkerson has held for 12 years in various positions at Procter & Gamble in the fields of manufacturing, civil engineering and human resources before joining a Michelin . Dick Wilkerson for 28 years at Michelin assume functions in the areas of manufacturing and personnel in the United States, France and Scotland. Before being appointed to his current position, he was Chief Operating Line specialty products company in North America and has led the global scale the activity first rises in the field of civil engineering. Wilkerson is very active in the community of Greenville has been a member of the boards of the Greenville Urban League, Chamber of Commerce, the University Center and the orchestra Greenville.

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