Taking over from Anish K. Taneja from June, Röttger, a member of the Management Board for Europe North, is the first woman to be appointed to this position internationally since Michelin's global reorganisation in 2018. Her remits includes Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Scandinavian countries, the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Iceland.
Michelin Commits to Diversity and Sustainable Growth with New Appointment
Röttger’s appointment as President & CEO of the region reinforces one of the Michelin Group’s strategic objectives. At its 2021 Annual General Meeting, the company presented its “Everything Sustainable” strategy. As part of this approach, Michelin took to striking a balance between people, the environment and the pursuit of profits, including diversity issues, with a goal of women making up 35 per cent of its management team by 2030. Four of the eleven board members of the Region Europe North are already women, including Röttger.
Röttger said of her new appointment: “I am delighted to have the trust of the Michelin Group and am looking forward to my new duties in this highly responsible position. In recent years, we have done a great deal of work under the leadership of Anish Taneja to achieve sustainable growth and stay competitive.
“Together, our staff, my colleagues in the management team, and I will continue to pursue this transformation, reinforce Michelin’s technology leadership in our region and thus make an important contribution to Michelin’s strategy.”
Taneja, in his parting words, said: “I am very proud of what we have achieved in the years since our regional organisation was first established. Four years ago, we set out to significantly increase profits in the region, maximise employee satisfaction, move much closer to our customers and prepare Michelin Europe North for the future with sustainable growth and a transformation that was geared resolutely toward the market.
“I’m proud to say that we have not only achieved all these goals, but we have also surpassed them by a considerable margin. That is why I am all the more pleased that a successor from the region’s current Management Board has been found who can further drive the change in our organisation successfully. Maria Röttger will be the first woman in the world to take on this leading regional role within Michelin. I wish Maria all the success in her new and exciting role and, most importantly, I hope she gets the same support that has always been given to me.”