Jean-Pierre Clamadieu graduated from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris before becoming Chief Engineer of the Corps of Mines. Between 1981 - 1993, he worked mainly for the French Ministry of lndustry and as Technical Advisor to the Minister of Labor.
In 1993, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu joined RhônePoulenc to develop new activities in the field of automobile pollution control. ln the following years, he held several executive positions in the Rhodia group, as President of Rhodia's Chemicals in Latin America, President of Rhodia Eco Services, Senior VicePresident for Rhodia Corporate Purchasing, President of Rhodia Organic Fine Chemicals division and President of Rhodia Pharmaceuticals & Agrochemicals division.
In October 2003, Mr Clamadieu was appointed CEO of Rhodia, and became its chairman & CEO in March 2008. Following a merger between Rhodia and the Belgian chemical group Solvay in 2011, Mr Clamadieu was appointed CEO of the new Solvay group. Since his appointment, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu led the integration of the new group and its transformation into a major player in the field of specialty chemicals and advanced materials, which combines industrial competitiveness with the quest for sustainable solutions for its clients. His mandate at Solvay SA ended on 1 March 2019.
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu also promotes an ambitious and coordinated European energy policy.