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Vincent Legros, 45 years old, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and from Ponts et Chaussées, and holds a postgraduate diploma (DEA) in production and corporate organization.
In 1998 he joined the Saint-Gobain group as production engineer at the Pont-à-Mousson plant (1998 – 2000), before becoming manager of the Toul plant (2000 – 2002), followed by deputy manager of the Pont-à-Mousson plant (2000 – 2004), managing director of the fittings and valves business (2004 – 2006), director of operations for Saint-Gobain Pont-à-Mousson (2006). From 2009 to 2013 he held the post of managing director of Saint-Gobain Pont-à-Mousson China before being the managing director of Saint-Gobain Pont-à-Mousson and manager of the group pipe business.
Since 2016, he is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bostik, a leading global adhesive specialist in construction, consumer and industrial markets. With annual sales of €2 billion, the company employs 6,000 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries.
Bostik is an Arkema company. It is the Specialty Adhesives business of the Group, operating within the High Performance Materials segment, and constitutes its largest acquisition completed in February 2015.