Michelin Group has named Scott Clark as the next chairman and president of Michelin North America, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Joanie Martin also has been named chief administrative officer, a newly created role in the company.
“Scott has represented the voice of Michelin customers with dependable passion in our organization for more than 20 years,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO of Michelin Group, based in Clermont-Ferrand, France. “Scott is well-equipped to lead Michelin North America, especially as we transition next year to a new organizational structure.”
Under Michelin North America’s new structure, which also will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2018, Clark will be responsible for all key customer-facing functions of the company, including sales and marketing for North America, as well as quality, technical and supply chain units. Going forward, Michelin’s North America region will be comprised of the United States and Canada.
“I am excited about the future for our company as we refocus our business top to bottom on the relationships that matter most — those with our customers,” said Clark. “We want to deliver a customer experience that is as differentiated and satisfying as the quality and performance of Michelin products.”
Clark has served since 2007 as executive vice president of Michelin North America and chief operating officer of its passenger- and light-truck tire unit spanning the United States, Canada and Mexico. Previously, he served from 2005 to 2007 as senior vice president of Michelin’s heavy-truck tire unit in Asia. Across his 21-year tenure with Michelin, Clark has held various leadership roles in marketing, sales and other functions for units in Europe, Asia and North America. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Ralston Purina Co. (now Nestle Purina PetCare).
Clark currently serves on the board of Jones Naturals, a pet products company based in Rockford, Illinois. He has served previously on the boards of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and American Heart Association. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
Reporting to the chairman and president in her new role as chief administrative officer, Martin will be responsible for critical business-support functions that include communications, corporate development, finance, legal services, personnel, safety and environment, among others.
“Our goal is to empower Michelin employees by placing them closer to the customers at the heart of our business,” Martin said. “Executing this transition successfully will further position Michelin as a winning leader in sustainable mobility for years ahead, in North America and globally.”
A 21-year veteran of Michelin North America, Martin recently served as chief financial officer for the company. Previously, Martin was financial director and controller for Michelin’s passenger- and light-truck tire business across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Earlier assignments included various leadership roles in the tax and audit functions for Michelin in Greenville and Clermont-Ferrand.
Martin is active in several key professional development and community engagements, including executive sponsor for the Women’s Network at Michelin North America and board member since 2011 for Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital System. She formerly served as a board member for the Michelin Tire Credit Union, among other volunteer roles. As an expatriate, Martin served as chair of the International Women’s Club in Clermont-Ferrand. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and a master’s degree in management and accounting from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Martin is a Certified Public Accountant in South Carolina.
Clark and Martin both serve among South Carolina’s 270 Liberty Fellows, the statewide leadership initiative established in a collaboration by Hayne and Anna Kate Hipp, Wofford College and the Aspen Institute.