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Gerard Mestrallet

GÉrard Mestrallet

Gérard Mestrallet is a graduate of the French engineering school, École Polytechnique, and of École Nationale d’Administration.

Having held various positions at the Treasury Department and on the staff of the Ministerof Economy and Finance (Jacques Delors), Gérard Mestrallet joined Compagnie Financière de SUEZ in 1984. In 1986 he was appointed Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of industrial affairs. In 1991 he was named Chairman of the Management Committee of Société Générale de Belgique. In 1995, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de SUEZ. Gérard Mestrallet was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ (now ENGIE) when SUEZ merged with Gaz de France on July 2008.

On May 3, 2016, he became Chairman of the Board of ENGIE and is also Chairman of the Board of SUEZ.

Board Mandates

Mr Mestrallet is Chairman of the Board of Directors at ENGIE and at Suez.  He is also a Member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG (Germany), a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Société Générale and a Member of JPMorgan’s International Council.

He has been a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of St-Gobain (2015), Axa (2010), Crédit Agricole (2002), Casino (2002) and Safran (2002), amongst others.

He is Chairman of Paris EUROPLACE and of FACE (foundation against exclusion) and Governor of The International Economic Forum of the Americas.

Mr Mestrallet was a Civil Administrator in the Treasury in Paris and then became Advisor on Industrial Affairs to Jacques Delors, Economy and Finance Minister (1982-1984).

He is Honorary Chairman of the Chongqing Mayor's International Economic Advisory Council as well as a Member of the Shanghai and Beijing Mayors’ International Economic Advisory Councils.  He is a Director of Tongii University, Shanghai.
Mr. Mestrallet has been a Member of the European Round Table of Industrialists and of the French Institute of Directors.

Awards

Mr Mestrallet received an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University in 2010.

He received the Commander of Léopold’s Order in January 1997, Officer of the Legion of Honor in July 2006 and Commander of the national order of Merit of the French Republic in May 2012.

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