Chairman and CEO
Jean-Bernard Lévy is a graduate of École Polytechnique (class of 1973) and Telecom Paris Tech. He began his career at France Télécom in 1979 as an engineer in Angers. In 1982, he became responsible for the management of senior executives and staff budgets at headquarters, and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Head of Human Resources.
Starting in 1986, he served as an advisor to Gérard Longuet, the French Minister for Postal Services & Telecommunications.
From 1988 to 1993, Jean-Bernard Lévy led the Telecommunications Satellites division of Matra Espace, which became Matra Marconi Space. In 1993 and 1994, he served as Chief of Staff to Gérard Longuet, the French Minister for Industry, Postal Services & Telecommunications, and Foreign Trade. In 1995, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Matra Communication. In 1998, he became CEO, then managing partner at Oddo & Cie. In the summer of 2002, Jean-Bernard Lévy joined Vivendi, where he was CEO until April 2005. Starting in April 2005, he was Chairman of its Management Board, a position he held until June 2012. From December 2012 until November 2014, he served as Chairman and CEO of Thales Group, which is specialised in the aerospace and defence industries Jean-Bernard Lévy is Chairman and CEO of EDF Group since 26 November 2014. Jean-Bernard Lévy is married with four children and is a Knight of the French Legion of Honour.
Group Executive Vice President with responsibility for Gas and Italy
Marc Benayoun graduated from ESSEC and started his career in the Groupe Paribas...
Marc Benayoun graduated from ESSEC and started his career in the Groupe Paribas in 1989, then joined the Boston Consulting Group in January 1993.
He became a Partner and Managing Director in the Paris office in 2001, and shared his time between Paris and Moscow in 2008 and 2009. Marc has been in charge of various domains, including the development of the firm expertise in Natural Gas.
Late 2009, Marc joined the EDF group as Director in charge of prices and tariffs, in the Commerce division.
In 2012, he becomes head of B2B, in charge of marketing and sale of power, gas, and related energy services, to EDF’s B2B customers in France. In this role, he has to manage the transition from regulated tariffs to free market offerings, with the objective to maintain a leadership position in a competitive market. Yellow and green tariffs were used by over 400 000 sites in France, representing 120 TWh of annual power demand.
Marc is the President of Transalpina di Energia, CEO of Edison, 3rd largest energy company in Italy, which controls most of the group assets in Italy, President of the Edison Foundation, and board member of Fenice. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Trimet France.
Since 2016, Marc is Senior Executive Vice President of the EDF group, in charge of Italy and natural gas upstream and midstream positions at the group level.
Group Senior Executive Vice President responsible for Renewable Energies
Bruno Bensasson studied engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique...
Bruno Bensasson studied engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines in Paris. He began his professional career in 1998 at the Autorité de Sureté Nucléaire (the French Nuclear Safety Authority) as regional manager (Lower and Upper Normandy) then as the CEO’s Chief of Staff. Between 2004 and 2006 he held the position of technical advisor responsible for the environment, new energies and nuclear energy at the Ministry of Industry, and then advisor to the President of France responsible for industry, the environment and transport.
He joined SUEZ in 2007 as Director of economic studies in the Development and Strategy Department. In 2011, he joined the Executive Committee of GDF SUEZ as Director of strategy and sustainable development. He was appointed CEO of GDF SUEZ Energie France at the beginning of 2013 before becoming Executive Vice President in charge of the development and production of renewable energy at GDF SUEZ Energie Europe in July 2014. Since 2016 he has been CEO of Engie Africa.
Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of the Human Resources
He joined the company in 1982, and has held a number of management positions in Departmental, Regional and Inter-Regional Units for electricity and gas distribution.
In 2007, he was appointed to head up the project to create a new Shared Services Division for the EDF Group, which he then went on to manage.
From 2014 to 2017, he was Director for Human Resources, Health & Safety and Transformation at Enedis.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, Group Finance
EDF GROUP SENIOR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT-TRANSFORMATION AND OPERATIONNAL EFFECTIVENESS
She joined EDF on 1 December 2016 as Senior Executive, Transformation and Operational Efficiency and is a member of Executive Committee. She is tasked with overseeing the Group’s activities in the areas of information systems, purchasing, property and shared services.
Véronique Lacour holds a postgraduate diploma in Information Systems from the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, Customers, Services, and Regional Action
Henri Lafontaine, a graduate of the Supélec Engineering School with a Master's in Mathematics, joined EDF in 1983 where he had a wide range of responsibilities in the Distribution Division. In 1997, he became Deputy Executive Vice President of the Distribution Division in Corsica, then Director of the Distribution Division in Marseilles in 2000. In 2002, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Edenor, the largest distributor of electricity in Argentina with 25 % of the market. Edenor was one of the EDF Group's main international subsidiaries.
In 2005, he went on to become Director of the project to create a subsidiary for Distribution, which led to the creation of ERDF, then Director of EDF Island Power Systems in 2007, before being made Director of EDF Entreprises in the Commerce Division in 2010. In December 2011, Henri Lafontaine was appointed as the Director responsible for coordinating the EDF Group's activities in Commerce, Optimisation/Trading and mainland Europe. Since September 2012, Henri Lafontaine has held the post of Senior Executive Vice President responsible for Commerce Optimisation/Trading and Island Energy Systems. He is also on the board of several companies, namely Dalkia, EDF Energy, Fenice, Electricité de Strasbourg and EDF.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, in charge of the International Division
Group Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Innovation, Strategy and Planning
Cédric Lewandowski is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP), and holds a postgraduate degree (DEA) in Advanced Geopolitical Studies from the University of Paris-VIII.
In May 2012, Cedric Lewandowski was named Chief of Staff of both the civil and military branches of the French Ministry of Defense. He was formerly Director of the EDF Territorial Authorities Division of EDF Commerce from 2008 to 2012, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the H4 Corporation from 2009 to 2012, Director of the SAFIDI Corporation from 2009 to 2012, and Chairman of the Board of the TITU Corporation, also from 2009 to 2012.
Cédric Lewandowski began his career at EDF in 1998 as the president’s Chief of Staff from 1998 to 2004, and later served as Director of the Electric Transport and Vehicles Division from 2005 to 2008.
Cédric Lewandowski is Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, Nuclear and Thermal
Dominique Minière graduated from the Paris Ecole des Mines in 1978. He joined EDF as an engineer in 1982, swiftly rising to head the maintenance department of the division in charge of operating French nuclear and thermal power stations. Nearly one-third of the currently running power stations went into service during this period. Mr. Minière was involved in starting up the Golfech nuclear power station (Tarn-et-Garonne), from 1986 to 1989, and the Daya Bay nuclear power station in China, from 1993 to 1997. That year he joined the team at the Cattenom power station (Moselle), becoming the director in 1999. From 2002 to 2013 Mr. Minière successively held the positions of Assistant Director and Director of the Nuclear Production Division, which oversees EDF’s 58 nuclear power stations in France. In March 2013 he became Deputy Director of the Generation Division, which is responsible for all of EDF’s nuclear, thermal and hydroelectric power stations. Since January 2015 Mr. Minière has been a member of the Group’s Executive Committee, where, in addition to his previous duties, he is in charge of thinking about changes in the organisation of existing nuclear facilities and fossil-fuel-powered stations.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, Group General Secretary
Group Senior Executive Vice President, New Nuclear Projects and Engineering
Xavier Ursat, a graduate of the École Polytechnique and Télécom Paris,...
Xavier Ursat, a graduate of the École Polytechnique and Télécom Paris, has been Director of EDF’s Hydraulic Production and Engineering Division since 1 June 2014. He joined EDF in 1991, first holding various positions in the hydraulic engineering department. Until 2002, he was the construction manager of EDF’s hydraulic engineering centres and contributed to international projects, especially in South America. He was a special advisor to EDF’s Deputy General Manager in charge of Production and Engineering from 2002 to 2005, Assistant Director of the Alps Production Unit in Grenoble until 2007, Director of the Southwest Production Unit in Toulouse from 2007 to 2010 and Assistant Director of the Hydraulic Production and Engineering Division from 2010 to 2014. Mr. Ursat is on the Board of Directors of ONEMA (Office National de l'Eau et des Milieux Aquatiques, National Office of Water and Aquatic Environments), EDF New Energies and EDF Norte Fluminense. He is also a member of the National Water Committee and the World Water Council’s Board of Governors.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, and will be designated as the Chief Executive Officer of EDF Energy as from 1 November 2017
Executive coordinator to the Chairman & CEO , Government relations