PARIS (June 2, 2009)—Two senior executives from Michelin's South American operations and a third employee were passengers on Air France AF 447, which went missing over the Atlantic Ocean late Sunday while en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
A Michelin spokeswoman confirmed that the firm's South America President Luiz Anastacio and Antonio Gueiro, regional information technologies director, were on board the plane and are classified as missing.
Both are Brazilian nationals and are based in Michelin's offices in Rio de Janeiro. They were travelling back to Michelin's headquarters for a meeting.
The spokeswoman also confirmed that a third employee, Christine Pieraerts, was a passenger on that flight. That employee, who lives in France, was traveling separately from the two other men and in a private capacity, the spokeswoman said.
The company said all thoughts are with the families and colleagues of the three people, who are listed as missing until the rescue services can provide further information about what happened to the flight and its passengers and crew.
She said it is too early to make any decisions about personnel changes or responsibilities. She added that both Brazil and the South American region are important business areas for Michelin, but she was confident that the leadership in the Rio office would react professionally and effectively in the face of this crisis.