Anne Lauvergeon is the chairman and chief executive officer of AREVA, the world’s energy expert. In 2008, she was ranked by Forbes magazine as the ninth most powerful woman in the world, second most in Europe, and the most powerful in France. Anne Lauvergeon, graduated from the French National School of Mining Engineer (Ecole des Mines) and the French Ecole Normale Supérieure, and holds a degree in physics. She started her professional career in 1983 in the iron and steel industry with Usinor.
In 1984, she directed the European safety studies for the chemical industry of CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique), the public technological research organization in France. Between 1984 and 1989, she held several positions in nuclear and mines public organizations. From 1985 to 1988, she supervised the underground utilities activities in and around Paris and was appointed, in 1988, deputy director of the General Mining Council.
In 1990, she was named adviser for economic international affairs at the French Presidency and in 1991, deputy chief of staff. At the same time she became “sherpa” to the president, in charge of the G7 Summit’s preparation.
In 1995, she became a partner at Lazard Frères & Cie in Paris, spending several months in their New York offices.
In March 1997, she joined Alcatel Telecom as senior executive vice president and was appointed member of the Executive Committee in July 1998. She was in charge of international organization and the Alcatel Group’s interests overseas in energy and nuclear fields.
Since June 1999, she has been chairman and chief executive officer of AREVA NC.
Since July 2001, she has also been chief executive officer of AREVA.
Anne Lauvergeon is a member of the United Nations Global Compact board and a counselor to the International Investors Council to Thabo Mbeki, president of the Republic of South Africa.
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