Philippe Varin became Chief Executive of Corus in May 2003.
Philippe (1952) is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and of Ecole des Mines civil engineering school, Paris, France.
He joined the Pechiney Group in 1978 as a researcher. Following a period in charge of strategic studies for the aluminium branch, he was appointed Vice-President, Engineering and Research.
In 1989, he was appointed Project Director for the construction of the Dunkirk (France) aluminium smelter. As Managing Director of Aluminium Dunkerque from 1990 to 1992, he achieved the plant's start-up.
In 1993 and 1994, he was Group Financial Controller, based first in Paris then in Chicago at American National Can's headquarters.
In 1995, he became Vice-President of Pechiney's Rhenalu division, one of Europe's leading producers of aluminium mill products, with revenues of 1.5 billion dollars.
In March 1999, Philippe was appointed Senior Executive Vice President of the Aluminium Sector and a member of Pechiney's Executive Committee.