Graduate, Ecole Polytechnique. Graduate, Ecole des Mines, Paris.
Researcher Pechiney Group, 1978, head strategic studies Aluminium Branch, vice president engineering and research, project director for construction of Dunkirk aluminium smelter, managing director Aluminium Dunkerque, 1990—1992, group finance controller Paris, 1993—1994, group finance controller American National Canada Headquarters Chicago, vice president Rhenalu division, 1995—1999, senior executive vice president aluminium sector, member executive committee, 1999. Chief executive Corus Group plc, London, 2003—2009. Chairman, Chief Executive Officer PSA Peugeot Citroen, Paris, since 2009.
Married; 4 children.