Chairman and CEO
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 joined EDF in 2009. As a first assignment, he led the creation, in the Commerce division, of the Economics, tariffs and prices Direction. In this role, he worked with Pierre Lederer on the implementation of the Nome law. Main goal of this initiative was to build a level-playing field created by the “ARENH” : baseload supply for all competing suppliers.
In March 2012, he becomes Director of the B2B market in France, with a scope ranging from SME to very large accounts, and a turnover of € 14 Bn (power, gas and related service sales). Under his leadership, the B2B market has experienced a period of major customers’ reconquest, a development of gas sales and is facing the end of regulated tariffs, due end 2015, with the strong support of all the commercial forces of the market.
Marc Benayoun is a board member of Trimet France (aluminium production, € 500 M turnover, JV between EDF and Trimet Deutschland), ES Energies, and Netseenergy (energy management systems, EDF 100% subsidiary).
Marc Benayoun is a graduate of ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, 1989). He is a frequent speaker in conferences, or Universities (Dauphine, IEP Paris), on Energy markets and Energy regulation.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, Renewable Energies
After initially working as an engineer for the French ministry of transport, he joined EDF’s Studies and Research department in 1982.
In 1985, he joined Crédit Commercial de France’s (CCF) swaps department, taking over as its head from 1988 till 1991. After three years at Vinci where was special advisor to the CEO, he returned to CCF in 1994, where he successively held various positions in CCF’s then HSBC’s investment banking unit from 2000.
From May 2011 till February 2012, he was in charge of HSBC’s private banking activities in France. He was also a member of HSBC France’s Executive Committee for a number of years.
In February 2012, he became the CEO of EDF Energies Nouvelles.
He is now in charge of the organization improvements concerning renewable energies.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, Human Resources
She was Corporate Secretary and Senior Executive Vice President from June 2007 to December 2009, having been General Counsel from joining the EDF Group in January 2005.
Before coming to EDF, she was Head of Institutional Affairs at Gaz de France, where she was subsequently appointed Deputy Head, Information and Public Affairs, in September 2004.
Between 1995 and 1997, she held various positions within the French Administration (Legal Adviser for the Ministry for cooperation, member of electoral missions in Mozambique for the UN and in Gaza for the EU).
Between 1997 and 2000, she was posted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and appointed First Counsellor at the French Embassy in Tunis, where she oversaw communications, negotiations and political, community and legal affairs.
A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Sèvres, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, she also holds an aggregation in Classics and a Masters Degree in French Literature. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Marianne Laigneau joined the Council of State where she became Counsellor in 1995.
She was awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite in 2006 and Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 2010.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, Customers, Services, and Regional Action
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, Nuclear and Thermal
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 Finance
Xavier Girre is also Director and head of audit comitee in RATP and Française des Jeux boards. Xavier graduated HEC and is ENA alumni.
Vincent de Rivaz
Chief Executive Officer of EDF ENERGY
In 1977, he joined EDF’s Exterior Engineering Centre within the International Affairs Division. From 1985 to 1992, he participated in EDF’s development in China within the International Division, of which he became Director of the Far East Division in 1989. From 1992 to 1994, he was the Head of the National Center of Hydro Equipment within the Equipment Division. He was appointed Deputy Head of the International Division in 1995 and became Head of Projects in 1996. He joined the Finance Department in 1999 as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and became Head of Financial Strategies and Operations in 2000. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the London Electricity Group in early 2002. He led the merger transactions of companies acquired during the first six months of 2002 (Eastern and Seeboard networks) and created in mid-2003 EDF Energy and has since been its Chief Executive Officer.
Mr de Rivaz was awarded The Energy Institute’s 71st Melchett Award in June 2006. He was named National Ambassador by HRH the Prince of Wales, in July 2009, for his significant contribution to the Prince’s Business in the Community projects. In November 2009 Mr de Rivaz became an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers as recognition for the major contribution he has made to engineering. He is Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, Group General Secretary
From 1997 to 2008, Mr. Todorov was the Accor Group’s General Secretary. He then became a partner with Hogan Lovells. In 2011 he joined PSA Peugeot Citroën, where he served as the Corporate Secretary until September 2014.
Mr. Todorov has been appointed CEO of EDF. He is joining the Group’s Executive Committee and will become its General Secretary.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, Innovation, Strategy and Planning
He joined EDF in 1979. He soon entered the General Economic Studies Department where he spent eleven years helping to develop optimization models for the company’s investment, production and market strategies and contributed to the elaboration of EDF’s long-term planning.
In 1992, he was appointed Director of the EDF-GDF Services Center in the Gard-Cevennes region in South France, in charge of gas and electricity retail sales and netwoks operation and maintenance.
Five years later, he shifted to the Production Transport Division as head of the Economics and Systems-Development section, where he supervised the split between generation optimization and transmission operation.
At the end of 1998, he was appointed as head of Corporate Strategy Division, where he was involved in the definition of flexible strategies to deal with the challenges of globalised markets and de-regulation. In addition, he was in charge of developing “EDF changing program”, aiming to prepare the company and each employee to the new deregulated environment.
After having closed this program in July 2001, he joined Marseille as EDF regional representative in Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur and in addition, as responsible for EDF regional actions in France, supervise the other 21 EDF regional representatives activities.
In January 2005, he was appointed as EDF Trading CEO where he contributed to develop successfully the asset back trading business model and make EDF Trading a leader in the energy commodities trading world.
In July 2008, he was appointed as head of the Usptream Downstream Optimisation, Vice-Chairman of EDF Trading, and in 2011, Chairman of EDF Trading.
Group Senior Executive Vice President, New Nuclear Projects and Engineering
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, International Division
He started his career in 1993 in the Treasury Department of De Agostini in Novara (Italy), moved to Management Consulting with KPMG Corporate Finance and from 1996 in McKinsey&Co., Milan (Italy), where he served various Financial Institutions, Industrial and Energy clients. In 2004 he joined Edison SpA in Milan (Italy) as Head of Strategy, where he subsequently covered the responsibility of Director of Planning, Control and IT. In November 2009 he moved to Constellation Energy Nuclear Group in Baltimore (USA) as Chief Financial Officer.
Simone Rossi is married with 2 daughters, has a Degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University, Milan, and a Degree in Clarinet from Istituto Puccini, Gallarate (Italy).
Executive Committee Secretary