Chairman and CEO
A former student of École Polytechnique (graduating in 1973) and Telecom Paris Tech, Jean-Bernard Lévy began his career at France Télécom in 1979 as a works engineer at the Angers Division.
In 1982, he became responsible for managing executive managers and HR budgets at head-office, then assistant to the head of HR.
In 1986, he was appointed Technical Advisor to the office of Gérard Longuet, Minister for Postal Services and Telecommunications.
From 1988 to 1993, Jean-Bernard Lévy managed the telecommunications satellite activity of Matra Espace, now Matra Marconi Space. From 1993 to 1994, he ran the office of Gérard Longuet, Minister for Industry, Postal Services and Communications and foreign trade.
In 1995, he was appointed Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Matra Communication.
In 1998, he joined Oddo & Cie as Chief Executive Officer then Managing Partner. In summer 2002, Jean-Bernard Lévy joined Vivendi. He served as its Chief Executive Officer until April 2005 and became Chairman of its Executive Board in April 2005, until June 2012.
From December 2012 to November 2014, he was Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the Thales defence and aerospace group.
EDF director since 23 November 2014, Jean-Bernard Lévy has been the Company’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer since 27 November 2014.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, Customers & Energy Services
Marc BENAYOUN, a graduate of ESSEC Business School, started his ca...
Marc BENAYOUN, a graduate of ESSEC Business School, started his career in the Paribas Group in 1989, before joining The Boston Consulting Group in 1993.
He became Associate Director at the Paris office in 2001, then at the Moscow office in 2008. During this period, he took on various responsibilities, including the development of the company’s natural gas expertise and activities. He also spearheaded the expansion of the Paris office into government consulting (with clients including the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Energy and Transportation, and the Ministry of Health).
In 2009, he joined the EDF Group as Tariffs & Prices Director, at the Commerce Division. He was notably in charge of discussions related to changes in the French regulated electricity tariffs.
In 2012, he became Director, Business Customers Market. In this role, he managed the project to end regulated electricity tariffs for companies and local communities, which resulted in EDF regaining its leadership position in a competitive environment.
In 2016, Marc BENAYOUN was appointed Member of the Executive Committee of the EDF Group, Gas and Italy. As such, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Edison, the third-largest Italian energy company. He also oversaw gas procurement activities for the EDF Group, and managed its portfolio of long-term contracts for the transport of natural gas by pipeline and by sea, as well as the assets needed to transport the gas to the delivery points.
In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Marc BENAYOUN also speaks regularly at colleges and universities (Mines ParisTech, Paris-Dauphine University, Bocconi University in Milan), where he discusses the structure of the electricity and gas industries, the regulations that govern them, as well as the topic of leadership in the energy transition. In 2018, he received the Economist of the Year award from the Italian Association of Energy Economists.
In July 2019, Marc BENAYOUN was appointed Group Senior Executive Vice President, Customers & Energy Services. In this capacity, he is heading the Commerce Division and supervises energy services related entities, including Dalkia. Marc BENAYOUN also serves as a member of the EDF Trading Board of Directors, Chairman of the Edison Board of Directors, and supervises the EDF Group’s gas procurement platform in Italy.
Group Senior Executive Vice-President, Renewable Energies, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EDF Renouvelables
Bruno Bensasson is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and École des Mines of Paris. He started his career in 1998 at the Autorité de Sureté Nucléaire (French nuclear security authority) as head of a Regional Division (Lower and Upper Normandy) then as became the Chief of Staff of the CEO. From 2004 to 2006, he was the technical adviser responsible for the environment, new energies and nuclear energy at the office of the Minister of Industry, then adviser at the General Secretariat of the office of the President of the Republic in charge of industry, the environment and transport. He joined SUEZ in 2007 as Director of economic studies at the Department of development and strategy. In 2011, he became a member of GDF SUEZ's Executive Committee as Director for strategy and sustainable development.
He was appointed CEO of GDF SUEZ Energie France in early 2013 and, in July 2014, became the Vice-President of GDF SUEZ Energie Europe in charge of development and renewable generation. In 2016, he became the CEO of Engie Afrique. In May 2018, Bruno Bensasson became the Group Senior Executive Vice-President responsible for Renewable Energies and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EDF Renouvelables.
Group Senior Executive Vice-President, International Division
She returned to EDF Renewables in 2010 as Director of Development for large-scale, ground-mounted solar power projects; then in 2011, she became Director of Development for Offshore Wind Power France. In April 2012, her team was awarded the contract for three offshore projects in France, representing a total generation capacity of 1500 MW. The development phase of these projects is now complete and, in August 2019, construction began of the first offshore wind farm in France, with a further two due to kick-off this year.
In June 2019, she and her teams were also awarded the contract for the construction and subsequent operation of the Dunkirk offshore wind farm in the Northern part of France. Her team is also working on a pilot project for a floating wind farm in the Mediterranean. In 2014, Béatrice Buffon became Executive Vice President of EDF Renewables, in charge of renewable marine energies and a member of the EDF Renewables Executive Committee. She is a graduate from both the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. She is Chevalier de l'Ordre National Du Mérite, a distinction awarded by the President of France for distinguished civil and military achievements.
Group Senior Executive Vice-President, Human Resources
Since July 2017, he holds the position of Group Senior Executive Vice-President, Human Resources Division.
Group Senior Executive Vice-President, Group Finance
Xavier Girre is, in addition, Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of La Française des Jeux.
Group Senior Executive Vice-President, Transformation and Operational Effectiveness
She joined EDF on 1 December 2016 as Group Senior Executive Vice-President, Transformation and Operational Effectiveness and is a member of the Executive Committee. She is tasked with directing the Group’s activities in the areas of information systems, purchasing, property, consultancy and tertiary services and IT.
Group Senior Executive Vice-President, Nuclear and Thermal
Cédric Lewandowski is a "Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur", a Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit, and an Officer of the National Order of Mali.
Group Senior Executive Vice-President, Innovation, Strategy and Planning
He joined EDF as Executive Director attached to the Chairman and CEO of EDF. In this capacity, he was in charge of executive coordination and governmental relations. He took part in the definition of the 2030 horizon, the company’s strategy, first implemented in 2015, and worked on several strategic matters for the Group.
In 2017, Alexandre Perra worked on EDF’s strategy in electricity storage. Since then, he has been in charge of the Electricity Storage Plan, which aims to increase the Group’s storage capacity up to 15GW up to 2035, by doubling EDF’s investments in research and development in this area. In 2017, he launched project Y, which mobilizes young employees under the age of 35 to accelerate EDF's digital transformation.
Alexandre Perra is also Citelum’s administrator and part of the audit committee since 2018.
He is a member of the Franco-British Young Leaders since 2017. Alexandre Perra is married and has 2 children.
Group Senior Executive Vice-President, Chief Executive Officer of EDF Energy
Group Senior Executive Vice President, Group General Secretary
Pierre Todorov has been EDF group General Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee since 2 February 2015.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, New Nuclear Projects and Engineering
Xavier Ursat is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and Télécom Paris. Xavier Ursat joined EDF in 1991, first holding various positions in the hydraulic engineering department until 2002. He oversaw the construction of EDF’s hydraulic engineering centres and contributed to international projects, especially in South America. From 2002 to 2005, he was a special advisor to EDF’s Deputy General Manager in charge of Generation and Engineering. From 2005 to 2007, he was Assistant Director of the Alps Generation Unit in Grenoble and from 2007 to 2010, Director of the Southwest Generation Unit in Toulouse. From 2010 to 2014, he was successively Deputy Manager and Manager of the Hydraulic Generation & Engineering Division. Since March 2015, Xavier Ursat has been Group Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of New Nuclear Projects and Engineering.
He is also a director of EDF Renouvelables, chairman of the Supervisory and Steering Committee of EDVANCE and a member of the Supervisory and Steering Board of Framatome. He is also chairman of the SFEN.
Executive Coordinator to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Government Relations and Secretary of the Executive Committee
In 2012, he joined the Inspection Générale des Finances, the government body in charge of auditing all the departments within the French Ministry of Finance. He will be entrusted with various auditing and counselling missions.Paul-Marie DUBÉE joined the EDF Group in 2014 as deputy to the CAP 2030 Project Manager.
In 2016, he joined Enedis as head of customer relations and then head of the operations department for the Languedoc Roussillon business unit (1,8 million customers). Paul-Marie Dubée graduated from the École Polytechnique, Télécom Paris and the Paris School of Economics.