CEO for jobs initiative
Reid hired to lead Michelin joint venture’s search for new work
Michelin’s Dundee plant will close next year
Former Michelin veteran John Reid has been installed as chief executive of the body set up to breathe new life into the Dundee site, which is to be closed by the French tyre giant.
He will take up his role at the helm of Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc with immediate effect. Mr Reid is general manager of the plant in Dundee and will now drive forward plans to attract new industry.
The joint venture is a partnership between Michelin, Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council and signals a long-term commitment to Dundee and Scotland by Michelin, which is ceasing production at Baldovie next year.
Mr Reid, pictured, joined Michelin Dundee in 1992 as a production manager. Other roles followed, including personnel manager and operations manager before he was appointed as general manager of the plant in 2009. Outside Michelin, her has been involved in the Scottish Enterprise Tayside Regional Advisory Board, the Fair Work Convention, the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board and the Centre for Engineering Education and Development.
After his appointment was confirmed he said: “The Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc is a really important project for both the site and for Dundee as a whole, and these initial stages will be critical to its success.
“As Michelin production runs down towards June 2020, MSIP activity will be ramping up. I have always said that my priority is to support our employees and to help deliver a resource for the whole of Dundee and beyond, so it feels right that I should help drive this transitional phase – and the role of chief executive is one that I’m very proud to take on.”