Faurecia's Board of Directors met Friday (Sept 8) to appoint Grégoire Olivier President and Chairman of the Board of the Group, effective immediately.

Grégoire Olivier has an engineering degree from the Ecole des Mines, Paris and is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique. He also has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He completed his formal training with internships at Toyota in Japan, and Cominak in Niger.

From 1985 to 1991, he occupied various positions in the French Ministry of Industry. He was Technical Advisor to the French Prime Minister, responsible for Industry, Energy and the Environment.

In 1991, Grégoire Olivier joined Pechiney, first as General Manager of the Aluminum unit in Greece (1992-1994), then as Director of American National Can's Chicago plant (1995), and Vice President of Strategy at ANC (1996-1998) based in Chicago.
In 1998, he moved to Alcatel where he occupied the positions of Division Manager, then CEO of SAFT, Alcatel's Battery Division.

In April 2001, Grégoire Olivier was appointed Chairman of Sagem's Executive Board. In May 2005, following the creation of Safran, the result of the merger between Sagem and Snecma, he was appointed a Member of the Safran Executive Board, and CEO of Sagem Communication.

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