Clermont-Ferrand, France – Groupe Michelin has launched a previously-announced restructuring, which will reform the business into 10 newly created regions worldwide.
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The set-up will deliver a stronger focus on customers’ needs, simplified procedures and expanded digital services and processes, the French tire-maker said 8 Jan.
The new regional structure is also intended to reflect the similar customer needs within each market area, according to Michelin.
The business regions created are: Europe North; Central Europe; South Europe; Eastern Europe; North America; South America; Central America; China; Eastern Asia and Australia; Africa-India-Middle-East.
In terms of turnover, Michelin said the biggest unit is North America, followed by Europe South – which includes Michelin’s home market of France – and Europe North.
The regional units are characterised by “efficient and transparent processes” giving staff individual responsibility and an increased scope of action, said Anish Taneja, CEO of the Europe North unit.
Headquartered in Germany, Taneja’s region covers, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Ireland.
Taneja joined Michelin in 2013, having previously worked with Deutsche Lufthansa and Sixt. He took charge of all commercial activities of the previous Michelin region covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
In June last year, Michelin announced its plans for the major restructuring which will see roughly 1,500 job cuts in France, as well as 450 in the US.
Additionally, Michelin said 14 business lines are to be developed for each customer category, and ‘build strategy’ for the group.