Philippe Varin, 61, was appointed Chairman of the Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën on 1 June 2009.Since April 2003 he was Chief Executive of Corus, one of the world’s largest steel producers with annual revenues of over £11 billion and major operating facilities in the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, France, Norway and Belgium. Mr. Varin was also on the Board of Tata Steel, which acquired Corus in April 2007. Corus has nearly 42,000 employees in over 40 countries.
From January 2006 to December 2008, Mr. Varin has been President of Eurofer (European Confederation of Iron and Steel Producers). He also sat on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the World Steel Association (WSA). He is currently a Non-executive Director of BG Group plc, an appointment he has held since 2 May 2006.
Before joining Corus, Mr. Varin was with Pechiney, where he was Senior Executive Vice President of the Aluminum Sector and a member of Pechiney’s Executive Committee. Mr. Varin started his career with Pechiney Group in 1978 as a researcher until 1980, when he headed Pechiney’s strategic studies from 1981 to 1983. He has held various senior technical, financial and managerial positions within Pechiney - in 1989, Philippe Varin was appointed Project Director for the construction of the Dunkirk (France) aluminum smelter, and during 1990 to 1992, he achieved the plant’s start-up. In 1993 and 1994, he was Group Financial Controller, based first in Paris then in Chicago at American National Can’s headquarters. In 1995, he became Vice-President of Pechiney’s Rhenalu division, one of Europe’s leading producers of aluminum mill products, with revenues of 1.5 billion dollars.
Born on August 8, 1952, Mr. Varin is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and of Ecole des Mines civil engineering school, Paris, France. Mr Varin is married with four children.
Mr. Varin is also “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite”, “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur” et “Commander of the British Empire”.
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