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Paul Perriniaux

Managing & Representative Director
Nihon Michelin Tire Co., Ltd

Date of birth: Oct. 27, 1971

Hometown: Creteil, France

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 13 (as of December 2017)

Paul Perriniaux
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

My first encounter with Japan was in 1993, while doing a post-graduate diploma in France. I came to study, work and live in Kyoto for a year. I loved this experience and decided to stay longer in the country. Twenty-four years later, I have spent 13 years in Japan over three separate stays.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

I don’t have a specific motto, but I try to always focus on the opportunities. Many people will always tell you why things cannot be done or should not be done. Fewer people systematically try to make them possible.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

I am extremely fortunate that my employer has posted me in several countries over the years (Japan, France, Ireland, the U.K. and the Benelux countries). This has given me the chance to work with and build teams in very different environments and has been an amazing experience.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

Michelin has had a presence in Japan for more than 50 years. I see my responsibilities as preparing the company and our teams for the next 50 years, as a leading provider of mobility products and services, in a rapidly changing market.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

My advice to any newcomer willing to stay a few years in Japan would be to study the culture to understand the history, the context and the background, study the language to better communicate, yet don’t lose sight of your own background. Always be curious, constructively challenge the status quo and, above all, enjoy all the experience.

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018