Philippe Varin

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Philippe Varin - at the electromobility conference in Berlin 2013

Philippe Varin (born August 8, 1952 in Reims ) is a French manager .


Varin attended the Lycée privé Sainte-Geneviève and studied at the École polytechnique and the École nationale supérieure des mines . Between 2003 and 2007 he restructured and managed the steel and aluminum company Corus . In 2009 he replaced Christian Streiff in the management of the French car manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën . In 2013, Varin tries to lead the company out of the red.

Varin pushed through thousands of job cuts (including a plant closure), a pay freeze, and investment cuts at PSA.

Varin is to be replaced by Carlos Tavares in 2014 (until August 2013 “second man” behind Renault boss Carlos Ghosn ).

At the end of November 2013, Varin's pension, which Peugeot had promised him from his 65th birthday, attracted much public attention when it became known that Peugeot had set aside around 21 million euros on its balance sheet for this case. A union had criticized the figure already mentioned in the 2012 annual report. Ministers Pierre Moscovici and Arnaud Montebourg also joined the protest.

Varin was elected as the new president on December 6, 2013 by the board of the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers ( ACEA ).

On January 8, 2015, the Areva Group's general assembly appointed him Chairman of the Board of Directors. Since May 2020 he has been President of the Board of Directors of the environmental group Suez .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Lutz Meier: Thierry Peugeot - The Unshakable. ( Memento from February 23, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Financial Times Deutschland from February 22, 2012.
  2. Karin Finkenzeller, Martin Seiwert: Peugeot boss wants to cut losses in 2013 in half. In: Wirtschaftswoche . 22. May 2013.
  3. Peugeot gets a new boss. In: . November 25, 2013.
  4. Christian Schubert: Peugeot boss waives a million pension. In: . November 27, 2013.
  5. Varin becomes ACEA President. In: . December 6, 2013.
  6. Angelina Hofacker: PSA boss Philippe Varin becomes president of the ACEA. In: Springer for Professionals. December 6, 2013, accessed December 12, 2013 .
  7. Jean-Michel Bezat: Areva: une nouvelle direction pour le groupe redresser . Le Monde . January 8, 2015 (last checked: May 29, 2016)