At a meeting held on Wednesday 20 September 2017, chaired by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jean-Bernard Lévy, the EDF Board of Directors voted to co-opt Mr. Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, as director to replace outgoing director Mr. Christian Masset, for the latter remaining term of office, which is due to expire at the Ordinary General Meeting held to approve the accounts for the year ending 31 December 2018.
Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, 63, is graduated of the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques and of the INALCO (French school of oriental studies). He also holds a master degree in Law and a DEUG (two-year undergraduate degree) in German.
Mr. Gourdault-Montagne joined the French Foreign Ministry in 1978 and served different diplomatic posts in India and Germany before joining to the headquarters of the French Foreign Affairs Ministry, as Spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Deputy Principal Private Secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Juppé and later as Principal Private Secretary of the Prime Minister Alain Juppé. He served as French Ambassador to Japan in 1998 and became Senior Diplomatic Counsellor to President of the French Republic Jacques Chirac and French sherpa to the G8. As representative of the President of the French Republic, he was in charge of the franco-indian and franco-chinese strategic dialogue from 2002 to 2007. He was then appointed as French Ambassador to the United Kingdom in December 2007, French Ambassador in Berlin in February 2011 and French Ambassador to China in August 2014. At is meeting of 22 June 2017, the French Council of Ministers appointed Maurice Gourdault-Montagne as Secretary-General of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, starting the 1st of August 2017.
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