Françoise Colpron Group President @ Valeo North America
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Ms. Françoise Colpron is President of Valeo’s North American region, responsible for the company’s overall business health and success in the United States, Mexico and Canada. She leads the Shared Services organization, which includes the Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Sales, Purchasing, Quality and Supply Chain functions and represents the Group on customer, public affairs and industry issues. With more than 20 years of global business and legal experience, Ms. Colpron is the first woman to be appointed to this level of leadership within Valeo’s global structure. She also serves as the company’s global champion for its Gender Diversity networking activity.
In her current role, Ms. Colpron restructured Valeo’s North American leadership team and launched the region’s Shared Services organization. She led the regional business through the automotive industry economic crisis and together with the North American leadership team, returned the region to healthy and sustainable growth, tripling sales and doubling the workforce in the region over the past five years. Ms. Colpron received the Group sales award in 2013 for the Highest Turnaround in Growth and Profitability. In 2012, Ms. Colpron created Valeo Women Connected, an internal group that organizes events to boost networking and professional development for Valeo women and is the official interface between Valeo and external women's organizations.
Ms. Colpron joined the company in 1998, working in Paris as the legal director for the Climate Control Branch, which is now part of the Thermal Systems (THS) Business Group. She oversaw the $2.1-billion organization’s legal matters in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. In 2005, she was promoted to general counsel for both North and South America. From Valeo’s metro Detroit location, she was responsible for legal affairs in North and South America, which included more than 11,000 employees and 38 locations. Ms. Colpron was appointed to her current position in 2008.
Ms. Colpron began her career as a lawyer at Ogilvy Renault, a firm specializing in business law in Montreal, Canada that is now part of the Norton Rose Group. During her time with the firm, she undertook a 24-month overseas assignment to support a Hong Kong-based company with interests in natural resources, real estate, forestry and construction materials.
Ms. Colpron was inducted into the French Legion of Honour in September 2015.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of Detroit Thermal Systems (DTS), a joint venture with V. Johnson Enterprises. DTS is a leading minority-owned company in the automotive industry and is certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).
She also serves on the Inforum Center for Leadership Board of Directors and is a member of Inforum’s Automotive NEXT Steering Committee. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and she is a member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) and the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).
Ms. Colpron earned a Civil Law degree in 1992 from the University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada, and is a member of both the Quebec and Michigan Bar Associations. She is fluent in French, Spanish and English.
In 2015, Ms. Colpron was recognized by Automotive News as one of the ‘100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.’ She was first included on this prestigious industry list in 2010, which has been compiled every five years since 2000.
Valeo is an automotive supplier, partner to all automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the development of intuitive driving. In 2014, the Group generated sales of 12.7 billion Euros and invested over 10% of its original equipment sales in research and development. Valeo has 133 plants, 16 research centers, 34 development centers, 15 distribution platforms and employs 78,500 people in 29 countries worldwide. Valeo is listed on the Paris stock exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.
In North America, Valeo’s regional headquarters are located in Troy, Mich., and the company has 16 production sites and seven research and development centers. The company employs 11,779 people across North America and was responsible for 20 percent of the Group’s 2014 global annual original equipment sales.
The company’s innovative solutions are developed by four business groups - Powertrain Systems, Thermal Systems, Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems and Visibility Systems. Valeo’s key products support and advance automotive electrical systems; transmission systems; engine management systems; air management systems; hybrid and electric vehicle systems; climate control systems; powertrain thermal systems; compressors; front-end modules; driving assistance; interior controls; interior electronics; lighting systems; wiper systems; and, wiper motors.
More information about the Valeo Group and its activities can be found on the Internet at www.valeo.com