Michel is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (1976) and the Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts (1981). He started his career in 1982 at the French Ministry of Agriculture and served as a Director of Orsan, a subsidiary of Lafarge from 1989.
He worked in senior executive positions in a number of Agro- Food and Chemical Industries in Europe- Jungbunzlauer SA as Executive President from 1992-1994, Executive Vice President of Doux, a leading European Group specializing in poultry from 1996 -1998.
Michel returned to Lafarge in 1998 when he was appointed as Director of Strategy and Information Systems of the Gypsum division. In 2003, he moved to the Cement Division as Director of Cement strategy, until his re - assignment to Bamburi Cement as Managing Director in September 2005 till 2009 when he was appointed the President and CEO of Lafarge South Korea Japan Operations.
He was appointed as the GMD/CEO of Lafarge Africa Plc on the 16 March 2016.