Graduated from Sciences Po Paris (Economics and Finance major), Jean-Claude PATS joined the Michelin Group in 1988 as Technical and Sales Manager. He became Regional Head in 1990 in the France division.
 
From 1992 to 1998, he was responsible for the commercial activities of Portugal and then for the entire Iberian Peninsula.
 
From 1999 to 2001, Jean-Claude Pats became Sales Director for the Japanese Tourism Replacement market. He was then appointed General Manager of Japan, a position he held until 2005.
 
From 2005 to 2011, he became Sales Director of the European Passenger Car and Light Truck Division. He then took over the position of General Manager of the truck tyre business in Europe. In 2015, he took over the General Management of the Passenger Car and Light Truck Replacement business in Europe.
 
In 2018, he was appointed Director of People Development for the Group within the Personnel Department.
 
On 25 March 2019, he was appointed Director of Personnel.
 
He is a member of the Group’s Executive Committee.