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Thursday 10 June, 2010


Appointment within the Managing Team

PR Newswire/Les Echos/

Press release

Paris, June 9, 2010

Gilles Michel will join Imerys in the fall of 2010 and will report to Gérard
Buffière, Director and CEO of Imerys. After approval of the project by the
company's relevant corporate bodies, Gilles Michel will be nominated for the
position of Chairman and CEO of Imerys at the 2011 Shareholders' General 

A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (1974), the Ecole Nationale de la
Statistique et de l'Administration Economique (ENSAE) and the Institut
d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) of Paris, Gilles Michel spent sixteen years with
Saint-Gobain, holding a variety of different managerial positions, notably in
the US. In 2000, he was appointed General Manager of its Ceramics & Plastics
business group, and member of Saint-Gobain's Management Committee.

In 2001, Gilles Michel joined the PSA Peugeot-Citroën group as General Manager
of the Platforms, Techniques & Purchasing activity and member of Peugeot's
Executive Committee. In 2007 he was appointed General Manager of Citroën, and
member of the PSA Executive Management Board.

Since the 1st December 2008, Gilles Michel has held the position of Chief
Executive Officer of the Strategic Investment Fund, whose activity involves
taking equity stakes in companies expected to contribute to the growth and
competitiveness of the French economy.

                   The Chairman of the Board of Directors
                         Aimery Langlois-Meurinne.

The world leader in adding value to minerals, Imerys is active in 47 countries
through more than 240 industrial and commercial sites. The Group achieved 
EUR2.8 billion in sales in 2009. Imerys mines and processes minerals from 
reserves with rare qualities in order to develop solutions that improve its 
customers' product performance and manufacturing efficiency. The Group's 
products have a great many applications in everyday life, including 
construction, personal care, paper, paint, plastic, ceramics, 
telecommunications and beverage filtration. More comprehensive information 
about Imerys may be obtained from its Internet website (


Analyst/Investor Relations:
Pascale Arnaud - +33(0)1 49 55 63 91
[email protected]              

Press contacts:
Pascale Arnaud - +33(0)1 49 55 63 91 /66 55
Matthieu Roquet-Montégon - +33(0)6 16 92 80 65
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