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Philippe Varin CBE

Major Career Roles:

  • Chair of Suez
  • Chair of France Industrie
  • Vice Chair of Le Conseil national de l’industrie
  • Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair at Peugeot SA


Other Career Highlights:

  • Independent Director of Compagnie de St Gobain SA
  • CEO at Corus Group PLC
  • Chair at Orano SA
  • Chairman at Areva SA
  • Director of Faurecia SA
  • Independent NED BG Group PLC

Philippe Varin an experienced Chair of CAC 40, SBF 120 and private sector companies. Philippe’s experience comes from 21 years of international senior leadership which has given him multi-industry knowledge in automotive, finance, metals, raw materials and circular economy.


Professional experience from positions in the metal and raw-materials industry at, among others, Pechiney SA and Corus. At Pechiney SA Philippe held various positions within the group including Financial Control, Strategy and Head of the Aluminium Dunkerque project. He was appointed Director of the Rhenalu Division in 1995, then Managing Director of the Aluminium Sector and member of the Group’s Executive Committee in 1999.


In 2003 Philippe joined the Anglo-Dutch steel group Corus as Chief Executive Officer, and in 2007 he was also appointed to the Board of Tata Steel Ltd.


Philippe was appointed Chair of the Management Board at Peugeot in June 2009 and left the group in 2014. He then joined the Areva Group as Chair in 2015 and the spin-off Orano in 2017.


During his career he has also been President of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, Independent Non-Executive Director at BG Group Ltd, President of the European Confederation of Iron & Steel Industries.


Philippe Varin is 1st Vice President of the Board of the International Chamber of Commerce and Board Member of Saint Joseph Paris Hospital. Previously he was Chair of Suez, the world’s leading environmental company dedicated to water and waste management, Chair of France Industrie and Vice Chair of the Conseil National de l’Industrie and CEO at Corus and Chair at Peugeot SA. He has chaired, each year since 2015 the World Materials Forum in Nancy, France.