Jacques Aschenbroich is the French CEO of the automotive parts supplier Valeo. He has helped expand the international company and help it become more environmentally friendly. Prior to working with Valeo, Aschenbroich had a long career with the Saint-Gobain Group helping the company help business and industry more environmentally friendly. Aschenbroich was born and raised in France. He was at the top of his class in engineering and worked for the French municipal and national government for many years.
Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Jacques Aschenbroich.
He speaks several languages
Jacques Aschenbroich was born in Lyon, France on June 3, 1954. He received his Engineering Degree from Les Mines, the renowned engineering university, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris. He was a member of the esteemed French Government’s Corps des Mines. Along with his native language, Aschenbroich speaks fluent English, German and Portuguese. While serving in Indonesia for the French military, he also learned some Indonesian. Aschenbroich and his wife have three children. He enjoys travelling and skiing.
As an Engineer of the Corps des Mines, Jacques Aschenbroich began his career in civil service. His first position was for the city of Lorraine. He served as the Deputy Regional Director for the area in 1982. Aschenbroich was the director of the Industrial Development Division. The following year, he was charged with of directing the economic division of the Lorraine region and served as commissioner and deputy regional delegate for the region for the next two years. He would go on to serve as the region’s Secretary general of the Interministerial Committee for assistance in localizing activities and as Team Coordinator for localizing industrial and tertiary activities.
Prime Minister’s Cabinet
In 1987 through 1988 Jacques Aschenbroich served as a member of the Cabinet of the French Government. He was appointed as a member of Prime Minister Jacques Chirac’s Cabinet. Aschenbroich served as the technical adviser for the nation’s industrial affairs.
In 1989 Jacques Aschenbroich left civil service and was hired by the Saint Gobain Group. Aschenbroich served as the company’s General Manager of Sama and Secretary General of Brasilit from 1989 until 1991. The Saint-Gobain Group is an international company that provides materials to make buildings more energy efficient. The company serves industrial and consumer markets including health and energy industries and aeronautical and automotive industries.
Chairman of the Board
Jacques Aschenbroich continued to serve the Saint-Gobain Group in a variety of positions. From 1991 through 1993, he served as a member of the supervisory board and as general manager of the building division of Vegla. From 1993 through 1996, Aschenbroich served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vegla. In 1994 he was elected Chief Executive Officer of Sekurit Saint-Gobain International. From 1996 through 2007, Jacques Aschenbroich served the Saint-Gobain Group as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Grobain Vitrage and as General Manager of the Flat Glass Division.
Other positions with the Saint-Gobain Group
Jacques Aschenbroich continued to serve in other positions with the Saint-Gobain Group. From 2001 until 2008, he served as the company’s Senior Vice President. From 2007 through 2008, Aschenbroich also served as the companies General Manger of both the Flat Glass and the High Performance Materials and Innovation divisions. In 2007 and 2008, Jacques Aschenbroich served as the General Delegate for the Saint-Gobain Group in the United States and Canada.
Jacques Aschenbroich had several career offers to consider and chose to join the automotive parts maker, Valeo, in 2009 as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. The company was founded as Ferodo in 1923 in Saint-Ouen. Ferodo initially distributed brake linings and clutch facing. In the 1960’s, the company also manufactured brake and thermal systems. In the 1970’s, Ferodo added electrical systems. The company adopted the name Valeo, Latin for “I am well”, in 1980 and expanded internationally. The company consists of four divisions today, thermal systems, visibility systems, power train systems, and comfort and driving assist systems.
Work with Valeo
As his main goal working with Valeo, Jacques Aschenbroich wanted to focus on helping the company become more environment friendly. He developed strategies to reduce CO2 emissions. Since joining Valeo, Aschenbroich has helped the company increase its stock values by more than three times.
At 63 years old, Jacques Aschenbroich continues to serve on several boards. He is the French adviser on foreign trade. He serves on the board of his prestigious alma mater, Les Mines’ board. He also serves on the school’s Improvement committee.
Throughout his career Jacques Aschenbroich has received several honors for his work in the energy and automotive industries. He has been awarded the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. He has also been awarded the Knight of the Ordre National du Merite.