Global competition means that you can't hide so everyone has to bring added value at every moment.
Q: What was your first automotive job and why were you interested in the industry?
A: In the mid-1990s, I was a buyer at Valeo assigned in China with the task of investigating and finding new suppliers. I was interested in the global competition aspect that is characteristic of automotive, and keen to work in China, which was seen as the next Big Thing at the time.
Q: GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
A: Having set the risk management groups and tools on time for us to manage the effect of the financial crisis on our supply base, without impacting Toyota's operations.
Q: BIGGEST FAILURE AND WHAT IT TAUGHT YOU?
A: My inability, early in my career, to manage a difficult team member.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY SURPRISED YOU?
A: The global aspect. You cannot hide.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT CHALLENGE AT WORK?
A: Prioritizing our support to the suppliers that need it the most.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
A: Celebrate problems and errors! They are an opportunity to find solutions and kaizens.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A PERSON CONSIDERING A CAREER IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY?
A: Global competition means that you can't hide so everyone has to bring added value at every moment.
Q: IF YOU WERE CEO OF A COMPANY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?
A: I would make sure that all of our task forces had a five- to 10-year visibility on the company's mission/vision so they realize how they bring value to the business model.
Q: WHAT JOB DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE IN THE FUTURE?
A: From my education and career path, I'm a generalist with a business orientation. I want to influence the business.
Q: WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
A: Run and try to improve my Chinese basic skills.
Q: FIRST CAR?
A: Citroen Visa. It took me and my friends down to the south of France for summer holidays ... and stayed there!
Q: CURRENT CAR?
A: Lexus IS.