Michelin North America chairman and president Micali to retire in third quarter 2008

    Dick Wilkerson, executive vice president of personnel,  Michelin North
    America, to succeed Micali

    CLERMONT-FERRAND, France and GREENVILLE, SC, Jan. 22 /CNW Telbec/ -
Michelin Group announced today that Jim Micali, chairman and president of
Michelin North America, has decided to retire effective Aug. 15, 2008. Micali,
60, assumed his current post in 1996 and has been with the company since 1977.
    Micali will be succeeded by Dick Wilkerson, currently Michelin North
America's executive vice president for personnel. Wilkerson, 60, was appointed
to his current post in 2006 and has been with the company for 28 years. Before
his current appointment, Wilkerson was chief operating officer for the North
American specialty tire product line and had responsibility for the earthmover
original equipment business worldwide.
    After his retirement, Micali will consult for Michelin North America and
for several companies in South Carolina.
    Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs,
manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes,
automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks,
motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides,
hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in
Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (less
than)www.michelin-us.com(greater than) has more than 22,500 employees and
operates 19 major manufacturing plants in 17 locations.

    Note to editors: See attachment for full biographies of Micali and
Wilkerson. High resolution photos may be downloaded from www.michelinmedia.com

    Jim Micali

    Jim Micali was appointed chairman and president of Michelin North America
in 1996. He received his legal degree from Boston College Law School in 1973.
After practicing law with Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney in Providence, R.I.,
Micali joined Michelin in 1977 and held a number of positions in the legal
department, including two assignments in France, through 1984. He was named
general counsel and secretary for Michelin North America in 1985, and became
executive vice president of the North American legal and finance functions in
    Micali was named a member of the Michelin Group Executive Council in
2001. He served the rubber industry as chairman of the board of the Rubber
Manufacturers Assn. for a one-year term concluding in 2002. He was elected to
the board of directors of Sonoco in 2003 and 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 named Micali a
distinguished senior fellow in political economy and leadership management. He
is a past chairman of the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance and currently chairs the
S.C. Chamber of Commerce.
    Micali is a guest lecturer at Furman University and previously served on
the board of directors for St. Francis Hospital in Greenville. He has also
received the Order of Merit from the French government.

    Richard Wilkerson

    Richard (Dick) Wilkerson was appointed executive vice president of
personnel for Michelin North America in 2006. Wilkerson is also responsible
for the environment and prevention department.
    After earning a civil engineering degree from Duke University, Wilkerson
spent 12 years with Procter & Gamble in manufacturing, engineering and human
resources before joining Michelin. Wilkerson has spent 28 years with Michelin
in manufacturing and personnel positions in the United States, France and
Scotland. Before his current appointment, he was chief operating officer for
the company's North American specialty tire product lines activities and had
responsibility for the earthmover original equipment business worldwide.
    Wilkerson is active in the Greenville community, having served on the
boards of the Greenville Urban League, the Chamber of Commerce, the University
Center and the Greenville Symphony.

For further information:

For further information: Michael Fanning, Michelin North America, 1 864
458-6472, michael.fanning@us.michelin.com

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