Members of the Executive Committee

Gérard Mestrallet

Gérard Mestrallet

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Born April 1, 1949.

Education

  • Graduate of the École Polytechnique
  • Graduate of the École Nationale d’Administration

Professional experience

  • 2001-2008: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ
  • 1997-2001: Chairman of the Executive Board of Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux
  • 1995-1997: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de Suez
  • 1991-1995: Executive Director and Chairman of the Management Committee of Société Générale de Belgique
  • 1986-1991: Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of industrial affairs
  • 1984-1986: Special Advisor at Compagnie de Suez

Principal other memberships and offices held

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of GDF SUEZ Energy Services**, SUEZ Environnement Company** (France), Electrabel**, GDF SUEZ Belgium**
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aguas de Barcelona** (Spain)
  • Director of Saint-Gobain (France), Pargesa Holding SA (Switzerland) and International Power** (United Kingdom)
  • Chairman of Paris EUROPLACE
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Siemens AG (from January 23, 2013 onwards)

** GDF SUEZ Group

Jean-François Cirelli

Jean-François Cirelli

Vice-Chairman and President, in charge of the Energy Europe Business line

Born July 9, 1958.

Education

  • Graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies
  • Graduate of the École Nationale d’Administration
  • Graduate in Law

Professional experience

  • 2004-2008: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz de France
  • 2002-2004: Deputy Director of the Prime Minister’s Office
  • 1997-2002: Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic
  • 1995-1997: Technical Advisor to the President of the Republic
  • 1985-1995: different posts in the Treasury Department of the Economy and Finance Ministry

Principal other memberships and offices held:

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of GDF SUEZ Trading** (France) and Eurogas (Belgium)
  • Vice-Chairman of the GDF SUEZ Corporate Foundation** and Electrabel** (Belgium)
  • Director of GDF SUEZ Energy Services**, SUEZ Environnement Company** (France), GDF SUEZ Belgium** and International Power** (United Kingdom)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Vallourec

** GDF SUEZ Group

 

Valérie Bernis

Valérie Bernis

Executive Vice-President in charge of Communications, Marketing and Sustainable Development

Born on December 9, 1958.  

Education

  • Graduate of the University of Limoges in Economics and of the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris)

Professional career

  • 2001: Executive Vice-President of SUEZ, in charge of Communications and Sustainable Development and member of the Executive Committee
  • 1999-2004: Chief Executive Officer of cable channel Paris Première
  • 1997-2001: Senior Vice-President for Financial and Corporate Communications and Special Advisor to the President of Suez Lynonnaise des Eaux
  • 1995-1997: Communications Director at Compagnie de Suez
  • 1993-1995: Press and Communications Officer for Paris Representative Edouard Balladur
  • 1988-1991: Communications Director at Cerus
  • 1986-1988: Member of the office of the French Ministry of Economics, Finance and Privatization

Other memberships and offices held

Independant Director:

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Euro Disney. Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Board of BULL. Member of the Audit Committee

Other memberships held:

  • Director of SUEZ-Tractebel
  • Director of Société Monégasque d’Electricité et de Gaz (SMEG)
  • Director of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
  • Director of SUEZ Energy Resources NA (SERNA)

 

Jean-Marie Dauger

Jean-Marie Dauger

Executive Vice-President, in charge of the Global Gaz & LNG Business Line

Born April 27, 1952.

Education

  • Graduate of the HEC business school

Professional career

  • Since 2011: Chairman of the Board of Directors of GDF SUEZ E&P International
  • Since 2008: Director of Electrabel
  • Since 2004: Chairman of the Board of Directors of GDF SUEZ E&P Norge AS
  • 2007-2008: Chief Operating Officer of Gaz de France and Head of the Global Gas & LNG Business Line of Gaz de France
  • 2000-2007: Executive Vice President of Gaz de France in charge of energy supply, production and trading for the Group and of International development
  • 1995-2000: Head of the Strategy and Control of Gaz de France
  • 1991-1995: Head of the Gas Supply Division of Gaz de France
  • 1985: joined the Gas Supply Division of Gaz de France
  • 1978-1985: Production and Transmission Division of Gaz de France

Jean-Marie Dauger began his career in different positions at Péchiney, Trad Bank (Lebanon) and in the Finance Division of EDF.

Other memberships and offices held

  • President of the France-Algeria Council of Chief Executives – MEDEF International

 

Jean-Claude Depail

Jean-Claude Depail

Executive Vice-President, in charge of the Infrastructures Business Line

Born in 1949.

Education

  • Degree in Engineering at ENSEM in Nancy (France’s elite school of electricity and mechanics)
  • Master’s degree in physical sciences
  • Master’s degree in Economics

Professional career

  • 2007 – 2010: Chief Operating Officer of the Global Gas & LNG Business Line
  • 2003 – 2007: Head of the France Négoce in charge of gas supplies, responsible for optimizing natural gas management and for sales to major clients in Europe
  • 2000 – 2003: Head of Sales and Marketing for France Négoce
  • 1999 – 2000: Head of Key Accounts for Gaz de France
  • 1998 – 1999: prepares the sales organization of Gaz de France for major accounts following the adoption of the first gas directive
  • 1993 – 1998: joins the Sales Division, in charge of relations with major industrial accounts
  • 1990 – 1993: Head of the Normandy Region of the Transportation Production Division of Gaz de France
  • 1986 – 1990: Regional Delegate to Angoulême for the Compagnie Française du Méthane, a subsidiary of Elf, Total and Gaz de France
  • 1983 – 1986: Head of the Research Department in charge of designing the transportation network
  • 1978 – 1983: joins the Transportation Production Division of Gaz de France
  • 1973 – 1978: joined the Economic Research Department of the Economic and Commercial Division of Gaz de France

Other memberships and offices held

  • President of the European Association of Infrastructure Operators

 

Henri Ducré

Henri Ducré

Executive Vice-President, in charge of Group Human Resources

Born on April 14, 1956.   

Education

  • Graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers

Professional career

  • 2007: Vice-President of the Gaz de France Energy France Branch
  • 2004: Director of EDF Gaz de France Distribution
  • 2002: Director of Distribution and Sales of EDF’s Americas Division
  • 2001: General Manager of Edenor (an EDF subsidiary in Argentina)
  • 1979: Joins the Distribution Division for EDF and Gaz de France. Holds various responsibilities within EDF GDF Services, the joint distribution division for the two companies, particularly as Director of the Pyrénées Gascogne Center and as Director of the Group Mediterranean Centers

 

Isabelle Kocher

Isabelle Kocher

Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer

Born on December 9, 1966.

Education

  • Graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Rue d’Ulm, Paris, France; Engineer of the Corps des Mines; DEA (postgraduate degree) in quantum optics and aggregation in Physics

Professional career

  • 2009 – 2011: Managing Director of Lyonnaise des Eaux, in charge of the development of activities in Europe
  • 2007 – 2009: Executive Vice President of Lyonnaise des Eaux
  • 2005 – 2007: Suez Group Senior Vice President in charge of performance and reorganization programs of the Suez Group
  • 2002 – 2005: In charge of the strategic overview of the Suez Group and the strategic monitoring of Suez Environnement
  • 1999 – 2002: Industrial Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister of France
  • 1997 – 1998: Manager of the postal and telecommunications budgets, followed by the defense budget at the Budget Department of France
  • 1994 – 1997: Manager of the industrial inspection and certification department at the DRIRE for the Ile-de-France region of France
  • 1992 – 1993: Merger and acquisitions department at the Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild
  • 1991 – 1992: Project manager for the optimization and restructuring of production workshops at the Société Européenne de Propulsion

Other memberships and offices held

  • Non-Executive Director of International Power plc

 

Jérôme Tolot

Jérôme Tolot 

Executive Vice-President, in charge of the Energy Services Business Line

Born on January 4, 1952.

Education

  • Graduate of INSEAD and l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • Holds a DESS in Economics

Professional career

  • 2005: Executive Vice-President of SUEZ Energy Services
  • 2002: Executive Vice-President of SUEZ and member of the Executive Committee
  • 1982: joins Lyonnaise des Eaux after working as a consultant with McKinsey. Serves successively as Senior Vice President of Degrémont, Senior Executive Vice President of GTM Group, then Vinci. Chairman and CEO of SITA

Other memberships and offices held

  • Director of Société Monégasque d’Electricité et de Gaz (SMEG)
  • Director of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
  • Director of GDF SUEZ University
  • Director of GTI, Cofely Ineo, Cofely Axima Services et Cofely Fabricom


 

Willem van Twembeke

Willem van Twembeke

Executive Vice-President, in charge of the Energy International business line

Born in 1965.

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, 1994, Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium)
  • Postgraduate in de Bedrijfskunde, 1992, Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium)
  • Master in Engineering, major Nuclear Science, 1990, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York (U.S.A)
  • Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering, major Electrical Power, 1988, Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium)

Professional career

    • 2011 – 2013: President & CEO GDF SUEZ Energy Asia
    • 2010 –  2011: COO GDF SUEZ Energy Latin America
    • 2006 – 2010: Deputy General Manager Trading and Portfolio Management, Electrabel (Belgium)
    • 2004 – 2006: CEO SUEZ Energy Peru and EnerSur (Peru)
    • 2004 – 2005: CEO of Gas Natural de Lima y Callao (Peru)
    • 2001 – 2004: Chief Executive Officer of Electroandina S.A. (Chile)
    • 2000 -  2001: Commercial director EnerSur (Peru)
    • 1997 – 2000: Site manager of the Nehuenco power plant and Site manager /Operations manager of the Tocopilla power plant (Chile)
    • 1991 – 1997: Tractebel Energy Engineering (Belgium)

 

 

Jean-Louis Blanc

Jean-Louis Blanc

Member of the Executive Committee, Director of Sales, Innovation and Job Creation

Born on February 5, 1949.

Education

  • Agronomy engineering degree, Paris
  • Graduate of l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • Graduate of Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA)

Professional career

  • 2003: Commercial Director for France, Suez
  • 1999: Director of water resources, Suez
  • 1997: Chairman of the Société d’études et de promotion pour l’Aqueduc Languedoc-Roussillon-Catalogne
  • 1992: Chairman of the Management Board of the Compagnie nationale d’aménagement de la Région du Bas-Rhône et du Languedoc
  • 1985: Chairman of the Management Board of Domaine Cordier (Bordeaux wine production and trading)
  • 1980: Chief of staff to Secretary General for the Government
  • 1980: Representative to the office of the Minister for Foreign Trade
  • 1976: Civil administrator at the Ministry of Agriculture, Head of Wine board

 

Claire Brabec-Lagrange

Claire Brabec-Lagrange

Member of the Executive Committee, Director of Group Purchasing

Born in 1962.

Education

  • Graduate of Ecole Centrale de Paris

Professional career

  • 2005: THALES GROUP Vice-President Purchasing
  • 2004: EADS DCS Procurement Vice-President
  • 2001: EADS TELECOM Procurement Vice-President
  • 1997: Group BULL Non Production Purchasing Manager

 

Alain Chaigneau

Alain Chaigneau 

Member of the Executive Committee, General Secretary

Born on September 8, 1951. 

Education

  • DESS degree in Company Administration and Management from IAE (Institut d’Administration des Entreprises) in Paris
  • Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Poitiers

Professional career

  • 2007: SUEZ Executive Vice-President in charge of Business Strategy
  • 1984: Vice-President, Compagnie de Suez . Over the course of his career within the Group, he served as Senior Vice President for Strategy and Planning at Compagnie de Suez, Finance Director at Société Générale de Belgique, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at Ondeo Services, and as Chief Executive Officer for North and South America within SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
  • Worked at the Treasury Department of the Ministry of Economy and Finance as recording Secretary and then Deputy General Secretary for the Committee for Improving Industrial Structures and the French Industrial Restructuring Authority (CIASI/CIRI)


 

Véronique Durand-Charlot

Véronique Durand-Charlot

Member of the Executive Committee, Director of Information Systems

Born on June 11, 1957.   

Education

  • Graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Supélec

Professional career

  • 2008: Information Systems Director of GDF SUEZ
  • 2002: Joins the Gaz de France Group and is appointed Director of Information Systems in 2004
  • 1999: Quality Management representative, EDF GDF Services
  • 1995: Head of the Asnières Distribution Centre, EDF
  • 1980: Joins EDF and holds various management positions in the Distribution sector

 

Marc Florette

Marc Florette

Member of the Executive Committee, Director of Digital Division

Born on September 1st, 1953.

Education

  • Graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique
  • Master of Science in Physics Engineering, University of California
  • CPA 94 (HEC School of Management, Paris)

Professional career

  • 2003: Senior Vice-President, Research Division, Gaz de France, then Research & Innovation Division, GDF SUEZ
  • 2000: Chair of the Cogeneration division within the service business line of Gaz de France and Chair of the CCGT construction project
  • 1999: Deputy Director, Research Division, Gaz de France
  • 1995: Director EDF GDF SERVICES Seine et Marne
  • 1990: Deputy Director, EDF GDF SERVICES Grand Toulouse
  • 1979: Joins the Research department of Gaz de France, then the Distribution department of EDF and Gaz de France

 

Philippe Jeunet

Philippe Jeunet

Member of the Executive Committee, Special Advisor to the Chairman, responsible for the creation of the City for Energy and the Environment

Born on June 25, 1953.   

Education

  • Graduate from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • Master’s Degree in Law

Professional career

  • 2008 : Member of the Executive Committee in charge of the Audit and Risk Management Division
  • 2007: Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Gaz de France
  • 2000-2007: Chief Financial Officer
  • 1998-2000: Director of International Development
  • 1995-1998: Manager of Supplies and Gas Projects
  • 1991: Joined Gaz de France as Assistant Manager of the Financial and Legal Division in charge of subsidiaries and equity interests
  • 1984-1986: Recording secretary of the French Government’s Interministerial Committee on Industrial Restructuring and the Industrial Financing Office of the French Treasury Department. Pursued the greater part of his career in the Crédit d’Equipement des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (CEPME) Group where he held different positions of authority in corporate finance for companies in the manufacturing and tourism industries. Managed two venture capital firms, Avenir Tourisme and Promotour Investissement

 

Didier Rétali

Didier Rétali

Member of the Executive Committee, Director of Audit and Risk

Born on March 17, 1957.

Education

  • Graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique

Professional career

  • 2010: Technical Advisor to the GDF SUEZ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • 2002: Executive Board within the Energy Services Business Line
  • 2000: Plan, Controlling and Accounts Director of Suez
  • 1999: Chief Financial Officer of Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux
  • 1994: Director of Projects for Lyonnaise des Eaux – renamed Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux
  • 1993: Lyonnaise des Eaux director for Hong Kong, Macao and China
  • 1991: CEO of Société des Eaux de Macao
  • 1989: joins the Lyonnaise des Eaux Group

 

Paul Rorive

Paul Rorive

Member of the GDF SUEZ Executive Committee, Director of Nuclear Development

Born on July 15, 1953.

Education

  • Civil engineer (mechanical and electrical), graduate of the Université Libre of Brussels
  • Graduate of the CEDEP (Fontainebleau)

Professional career

  • 2006: Joined SUEZ Corporate to create the Nuclear Activities Department
  • 2002-2006: Chief Executive Officer of Tractebel Engineering
  • 1983: Joined the Nuclear Power Plant of Tihange, where he holds a number of operational posts and is appointed Director of the Plant
  • 1997. 1978: Joined Intercom (one of the three companies from which Electrabel was created) and holds various posts in the traditional thermal power plants of Ruien and Marchienne-au-Pont

Principal other memberships and offices held

  • Director of GDF SUEZ Energy Services, LABORELEC, SYNATOM, Belgian Nuclear Forum, BELGONUCLEAIRE and Foratom
  • Executive Director of the Nuclear New Build Development Company
  • President of the Tihange 1 Participation Association

 

Edouard Sauvage

Edouard Sauvage   

Member of the Executive Committee, Director of Strategy

Born in 1965.

Education

  • Graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées

Professional career

  • 2012: Head of Natural Gas Supplies of the GDF SUEZ  Energy Europe Business Line
  • 2004: Head of Natural Gas Supplies at Gaz de France
  • 2003: Co-Director of the International Division at the Gaz de France Strategy Division
  • 2002: Deputy of Strategic and European Affairs at the Gaz de France Strategy Division
  • 1995: Technical Advisor to the French Prime Minister
  • 1993: DATAR (Délégation à l’Aménagement du Territoire et à l’Action Régionale [French Delegation for Territorial Development and Regional Action])


 

Denis Simonneau

Denis Simonneau

Member of the Executive Committee, Director of European and International Relations

Born on April 8, 1963.

Education

  • Graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA)

Professional career

  • 2009: Diplomatic Adviser at GDF SUEZ
  • 2007-2008: Chief of Staff of the Minister for European Affairs
  • 2005-2007: Deputy spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs of the French Government
  • 2001-2005: Consul General and Head of the French Trade Economic Mission in Houston, Texas (USA)
  • 1997-2001: Counsellor at the French Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels
  • 1996-1997: Adviser  to the Minister of European Affairs

Principal other memberships and offices held

  • Vice-President of Europanova