Alexandre Saubot, April 17, 2018 in Paris (Photo by JOEL SAGET. AFP)
The powerful professional federation of metallurgy (UIMM) announced on Sunday its support to the candidacy of Alexandre Saubot, former vice-president of the Medef, in charge of the social centre, to succeed Pierre Gattaz at the head of the employers ‘ organisation.
“After you have interviewed all candidates, we have decided to vote Alexandre Saubot. This decision was made unanimously and without any reservations”, said Philippe Darmayan, president of the UIMM, in an interview with the Sunday Newspaper.
According to him, Mr Saubot, “is a true entrepreneur in the tanned leather, who was able to make the right decisions in the most difficult times. He masters his records on the tips of the fingers, both on the economy and on the social”.
“He alone can restore the Medef its credibility and allow companies to have an environment favorable to their development”, further stated Mr. Darmayan, about his predecessor at the head of the UIMM.
Alexandre Saubot, former vice-president of the Medef, in charge of the social centre and the head of the group of industrial family Haulotte, has recently resigned from the presidency of the federation of metallurgy, to be able to devote to the campaign.
It is considered as one of the favorites of the election, with Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, vice-president of the employers ‘ organisation in charge of the pole economy that brig for the second time the presidency of the movement.
Four other candidates are currently running to succeed Pierre Gattaz: the president of the Medef Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Patrick Martin, Dominique Carlac’h, who runs a consulting company, and the only woman in the race, Olivier Klotz, president of the Medef Alsace, and Frédéric Motte, former vice-president of the movement.
All candidates must be interviewed Monday by the executive committee of the Medef, which is to give its opinion on 11 June. The final decision will come back to some 560 members of the general assembly of the Medef, who will vote on July 3.