Francois Michel, Saint Gobain Manager, John Cockerill – Companies

Jean-Luc Morange, CEO for 4 years, decided to take a step back for personal reasons. He will stay with John Cockerill as an independent director. From June 1, he will be replaced by 42-year-old polytechnic Francois Michel.

He arrived in Liege in 2013, after a career in the steel industry that led him to Canada, France and the Mediterranean. “I was attracted to the industrial project of a man (Bernard Serin), who was recently entrusted to us by Jean-Luc Morange. I discovered a company, a team, a region, a country. ” This Brothel first headed the Department of Energy and then the Department of Defense, and was then promoted to CEO in 2018. Under his leadership, John Cockerill’s team (he piloted the renaming of the former CMI) very early positioned itself in the hydrogen industry, where it is now one of the world’s leaders, but also in solar energy, mobility and water treatment. However, the main source of income for the company remains the defense sector, which generates a third of turnover. John Cockerille reached a turnover of one billion euros last year and aims to double that amount by 2025. Jean-Luc Morange was one of five nominees for the title of manager of the year, awarded last March.

Jean-Luc Morange, belgaimage
Jean-Luc Morange. © belgaimage

family reasons urged Jean-Luc Morange, 59, from Bordeaux, to want to slow down his professional career. However, he will remain with the company as an independent director. “As part of this mandate, we will entrust him with specific strategic missions in accordance with the needs of our organization,” said Bernard Serin, Chairman and Chief Shareholder. John Cockerill’s team and I know what we owe him. “

Francois Michel, a member of the board of Saint-Gobain for ten years

The decision was made last summer, but Jean-Luc Morange remained in office with the dynamism he is known for until the company finds a successor. The choice fell on 42-year-old Francois Michel, who headed Saint-Gobain for ten years. A polytechnic and mining engineer, he worked at Alstom, as well as in finance (3 years at the IMF in Washington) and politics (public finance adviser at the Elysee University under Nicolas Sarkozy). “François Michel caught our attention because his diverse experience, his temperament and his personality fully meet the new challenges of John Cockerill,” says Bernard Seren. His actions will be part of the long term. “

Now the group is reaping the benefits of a strategic shift that was achieved ten years ago by investing in environmental technologies. A change that may have been risky at the time, but now turns out to be in line with numerous recovery plans. “We are experiencing one of those rare moments when we see how bold decisions made a few years ago come true before our eyes and give their first results,” Jean-Luc Morange confided last February, presenting the results of John Cockerill.

These orientations also give the company an advantage in this war for talent to find the most sought after technical profiles. “We have not had any problems with recruitment, there are many people who are fascinated by these technological challenges,” he told Trends-Tendances last November. When you come to work for us, you know you are helps build a better world. CO2 capture, water treatment, green hydrogen production, solar power plant design; construction of metro lines … The impact of our teams is instantaneous. John Cockerill’s CSR report is not that greening of its fleetthese are all the benefits of our technological innovations. ” John Cockerill employs 5,500 people worldwide, including 1,600 in Belgium.

He arrived in Liege in 2013, after a career in the steel industry that led him to Canada, France and the Mediterranean. “I was attracted to the industrial project of a man (Bernard Serin), who was recently entrusted to us by Jean-Luc Morange. I discovered a company, a team, a region, a country. ” This Brothel first headed the Department of Energy and then the Department of Defense, and was then promoted to CEO in 2018. Under his leadership, John Cockerill’s team (he piloted the renaming of the former CMI) very early positioned itself in the hydrogen industry, where it is now one of the world’s leaders, but also in solar energy, mobility and water treatment. However, the main source of income for the company remains the defense sector, which generates a third of turnover. Last year, John Cockerille reached a turnover of one billion euros and aims to double that amount by 2025. Jean-Luc Morange was one of five nominees for the title of manager of the year, awarded last March. Family reasons prompted Jean-Luc Morange, 59, from Bordeaux, who wanted to slow down his professional activities a bit. However, he will remain with the company as an independent director. “As part of this mandate, we will entrust him with specific strategic missions in accordance with the needs of our organization,” said Bernard Serin, Chairman and Chief Shareholder. John Cockerill’s team and I know what we owe him. “The decision was made last summer, but Jean-Luc Morange remained in office with the dynamism we know from him until the company finds a successor. The choice fell on Francois Michel ., 42, a member of Saint-Gobain’s board for ten years. A polytechnic and mining engineer, he worked at Alstom, as well as in finance (3 years at the IMF in Washington) and politics (public finance adviser at the Elysee University under Nicolas Sarkozy) “François Michel has caught our attention because his diverse experience, temperament and personality are in line with John Cockerill’s new challenges,” said Bernard Seren. a strategic shift that was achieved ten years ago by investing in environmental technologies, a change that may have been risky at the time, but which is now evident in many recovery plans. “We are living in one of those rare moments when we see how bold decisions made a few years ago are being implemented before our eyes. And are giving their first results,” Jean-Luc Morange admitted last February, presenting John’s results. Cockerilla: “I haven’t had any problems with hiring, there are a lot of people who are fascinated by these technological issues,” he told Trends-Tendances last November. When you come to work for us, you know you are helping to build a better world. CO2 capture, water treatment, green hydrogen production, solar power plant design; construction of metro lines … The impact of our teams is instantaneous. The John Cockerill CSR report is not about greening its fleet, it is all the achievements of our technological innovations. ” John Cockerill employs 5,500 people worldwide, including 1,600 in Belgium.

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