(born August 15, 1958), is a French businessman.
He has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Rhodia, a French chemical company acquired and integrated into the Belgian group Solvay in September 2011. He was appointed as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the enlarged Solvay in May 2012, succeeding Christian Jourquin who left for retirement.
He’s also member of the Board of Directors of Solvay, AXA and Faurecia, Chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission of MEDEF, President of CEFIC, member of the Board of ICCA, member of Cercle de l'industrie, AFEP (French Association of Private Enterprises) (spokesman), ERT and Siècle.
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris, then Chief Engineer of the Corps of Mines (class of 1983).
Earlier in his career, he worked during nine years mainly for the French Ministry of Industry and as Technical Advisor to the Minister of Labor.
In 1993, he joined Rhône-Poulenc to develop new activities in the field of automobile
pollution control, then held several executive positions in Rhodia group, as President of Rhodia’s Chemicals in Latin America (1996-1999), President of Rhodia Eco Services (1999-2000), Senior Vice-President for Rhodia Corporate Purchasing (2001), President of Rhodia Organic Fine Chemicals division (January 2002-April 2003), and President of Rhodia Pharmaceuticals & Agrochemicals division (April–October 2003).
In October 2003 he was appointed CEO of Rhodia, and in March 2008, its Chairman & CEO.
Since October 2003, he saved Rhodia on the edge of bankruptcy and transformed it into a modern and profitable group, well known for its transparency of financial informations and its responsible governance.
In April 2011, the Belgian chemical group Solvay started a tender offer on Rhodia and achieved successfully in September. The integration advanced faster than anticipated and he was appointed as CEO of the new Solvay Group, with one year earlier, in May 2012. Four months later, Solvay joined the CAC 40 index to replace PSA Peugeot Citroën.
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