Jean-Dominique Senard

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BornJean-Dominique Senard
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Alma materHEC Paris
Member ofEuropean Round Table of Industrialists, Institut Montaigne
French industrialist in the automobile industry. Vocal proponent of French president Emmanuel Macron.

Jean-Dominique Senard (born 7 March 1953) is a French industrialist in the automobile industry. On 11 May 2012, he succeeded Michel Rollier as chief executive officer of the Michelin tire company after joining the company as chief financial officer in 2005. Senard is the first Michelin CEO not related to the Michelin family.[1] On 24 January 2019, following Carlos Ghosn's resignation as President of Renault, Jean-Dominique Senard was named the new CEO of Renault and the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance.[2]

Senard is a vocal proponent of French president Emmanuel Macron.[3]

Early life

Jean-Dominique Senard's father, Jacques Senard, was a diplomat and French Ambassador to Cairo, The Hague and Rome. His ancestor, Jules-Alexandre-Benjamin Senard (1848–1928) received the title of Hereditary Roman Count.[4] As a child, Jean-Dominique Senard joined the choir known as Les Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly,[5] where he had a classical music training. Senard attended the Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris where he completed his education with an MA in law, before commencing his ascent through the ranks of France's leading corporates.[6]

In 1979, he was an officer in the 2nd hussar regiment.


Senard started his career with various financial and operational management jobs at the oil company Total S.A. between 1979 and 1987. In 1987, he joined the management of the treasury of Saint-Gobain. In February 1988, he was appointed Deputy Director – then director in January 1991 – in cash and financing.[7] He then moved to construction materials group Saint-Gobain where he remained for nine years before joining aluminium conglomerate Pechiney in 1996 as CFO and a member of its executive committee. When the mining firm Alcan launched a takeover bid for Pechiney in 2003, Senard was appointed chairman and became a member of Alcan's executive committee.[8]

In March 2005, Senard joined Michelin as its CFO and executive council member. After the accidental drowning of his boss Édouard Michelin in 2006, he was appointed to managing partner of the group in May 2007. He then was also head of financial affairs, legal services, plans and results.[8]

Michelin announced in November 2014 that Senard would continue as the managing general partner for the company following a meeting of the firm's board of directors on 6 October 2014. His term of office was renewed for four years and will expire in the first half of 2019, at the close of the annual shareholders’ meeting.[9]

It bases its governance policy on several axes: responsible development and social dialogue to support the process of industrial change that characterizes its mandate.,[10][11] competitiveness of production and sales to meet the globalization of the economy,[12] and valorisation of apprenticeship to attract young people to jobs that seem less attractive.[13]

In 2017, under the leadership of Jean-Dominique Senard, Michelin announces a 43% increase in net income for 2016, to €1.7 billion.[14]

On 24 January 2019, following Carlos Ghosn's resignation as President of Renault, Jean-Dominique Senard was named the new CEO of the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance.[15] A decision welcomed by Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of Economy, who believes that he will make "an excellent president for Renault".[16]

Other activities

Corporate boards

Non-profit organizations


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/201231 May 20123 June 2012US
The 58th Bilderberg, in Chantilly, Virginia. Unusually just 4 years after an earlier Bilderberg meeting there.
Bilderberg/20136 June 20139 June 2013Watford
The 2013 Bilderberg group meeting.
WEF/Annual Meeting/202021 January 202024 January 2020World Economic Forum
This mega-summit of the world's ruling class and their political and media appendages happens every year, but 2020 was special, as the continuous corporate media coverage of COVID-19 started more or less from one day to the next on 20/21 January 2020, coinciding with the start of the meeting.


  3. David Keohane (9 February 2018), Michelin COO Menegaux to succeed Senard next year as CEO Financial Times.
  4. Dominique de La Barre de Raillicourt, Les titres authentiques de la noblesse en France, Perrin 2004, page 393.
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  10. Jean-Dominique Senard, President of the Michelin Group "the challenge of responsible development", 21 November 2014
  11. Interview with Mr. Jean-Dominique SENARD (Michelin Group), 24 February 2014
  12. Sénard focused his first mandate on profitability, 11 November 2014
  13. With Jean-Dominique Senard, August 30, 2014
  14. Jean-Dominique Senard : "There is no fatality to the deindustrialization of France", Le Monde, 14 February 2017
  15. Jean-Dominique Senard prend la tête de l’Alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, le Monde, 12 March 2019
  16. Le Maire: Senard un «excellent président» de Renault, le Figaro, 24 January 2019
  17. Board of Directors Renault.
  18. Board of Directors Saint Gobain.
  19. Members European Round Table of Industrialists.
  20. Board of Directors Institut Montaigne.
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