New President at French Industry Association
PARIS, France – Jerome Valentin has been elected President of the Conseil National des Professions du Cycle (National Council of Cycle Professions); the French bicycle industry association. Jerome Valentin, General Manager of Cycleurope, was elected President by the Management Committee of the CNPC last October. He succeeds Thierry Fournier, General Manager of Look Cycle, who had been President of the organization since 2008.
The handover between these two Executive Managers of flagship companies in the French cycle industry had been planned for some time, and Jerome Valentin had been appointed Executive Vice-president of CNPC in May 2012 with this in mind. Their close collaboration is expected to continue in the Management Committee, where Thierry Fournier will continue in the role of Vice-President, alongside Matthieu Brunet (Chairman of ZEFAL) who becomes Executive Vice-President, André Ghestem (Chairman of Shimano France) and Gilles Lapierre (CEO of Cycles Lapierre), both Vice-Presidents.
Jerome Valentin stated, “It is with enthusiasm and serenity that I am taking over as President of our professional association. Enthusiasm first of all, because our industry has immense resources of commercial creativity and dynamism at its disposal and because the basics of our market are still excellent despite a sluggish consumer context: the cycling activity, or rather activities, continues to grow. The cycle brands and the components and accessories brands are constantly innovating in all sectors of the market, as was demonstrated in the recent Cycle Trade Fair in Paris. Cycling is attracting more and more city dwellers for their everyday trips and the town councils and local authorities are pulling out all the stops to give cycles room to take up their rightful place in the urban landscape.”