MICHELIN TYRE PLC APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF TRUCK AND BUS MARKETING

Stoke-on-Trent – August 1, 2014

Chris Smith, 31, has been appointed Head of Truck and Bus Marketing for Stoke-on-Trent based Michelin Tyre PLC, with responsibility for the UK and Ireland.

Smith began his career at Michelin in 2007 as a Truck Sales Account Manager and subsequently became Regional Fleet Account Manager in 2009.

He takes up the role of Head of Truck and Bus Marketing following three years as Truck Regional Sales Manager in the South East. Prior to joining Michelin, Smith was a Sales Executive with OyezStraker Office Supplies Ltd.

Smith’s experience of business development ranges from small local firms to national businesses, which will provide him with a solid foundation as he seeks to develop Michelin’s existing relationships.

Smith says: “I’m proud to have been appointed to this position. Michelin is an excellent company to work for and I am looking forward to putting my experience to good use.

“Over the coming months I aim to further develop our relationships with small and medium-sized fleets and demonstrate that Michelin can deliver no matter how many vehicles an operator runs. Excellent work has been done already by the team on this front; I look forward to continuing it.

“The first half of 2014 has already proven to be an exciting year for Michelin with a series of major product launches. This momentum is set to continue at a pace, with a number of upcoming projects and launches which will allow us to provide an even better service for our customers. It’s a fantastic time to be joining the marketing team.”

In his new role Smith is responsible for a field-based technical team, plus has specialists covering operational marketing as well as marketing intelligence and trade marketing.

He completed a BSc in Industrial and Product Design from the University of Derby in 2004 and is married with one child.

Smith will be based at Michelin’s UK head office in Campbell Road, Stoke-on-Trent. He replaces Sharn Samra, who will be taking up a new post at Michelin’s headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France.  

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Michelin (www.trucks.michelin.co.uk / @MichelinTruckUK)

Michelin, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing and marketing tyres for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles/motorcycles, earthmovers, farm equipment and trucks. It also offers electronic mobility support services on ViaMichelin.com and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in more than 170 countries, has 111,200 employees and operates 67 production plants in 17 different countries. The Group has a Technology Centre in charge of research and development with operations in Europe, North America and Asia. (www.michelin.com)

For further press information please contact:

David Johnson, Michelin Press Office
Tel: + 44 (0) 1782 402341      Email: d.johnson@uk.michelin.com

James Keeler, Garnett Keeler PR, Inver House, 37-39 Pound Street,
Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 3PG
Tel: +44 (0)20 8647 4467   E-mail:
james.keeler@garnettkeeler.com

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Michelin, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing, distributing and marketing tyres for every type of vehicle. It also offers innovative business support services, digital mobility services and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has 112,300 employees and operates 68 production plants in 17 countries. The Group also has a Technology Centre, responsible for research and development, with operations in Europe, North America and Asia. (www.michelin.com)

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Over the coming months I aim to further develop our relationships with small and medium-sized fleets and demonstrate that Michelin can deliver no matter how many vehicles an operator runs.
Chris Smith, Head of Truck and Bus Marketing, Michelin Tyre PLC.