Guy Dejouany

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Guy Dejouany (1920 – 14 November 2011) was the CEO of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, (currently known as Vivendi, a French company part of the CAC 40) from 1976 to 1995.[1]

Guy Dejouany worked as Chief Executive Officer of Vinci PLC from 1990 to 1996. He was Honorary Chairman of Vivendi Universal. He played an important role in Vinci PLC's Supervisory Board as Chairman from 1988 to 1990. He is the Director of Vivendi Universal Publishing. He serves as member of the Supervisory Boards of Dalkia and Compagnie des Eaux et de l'Ozone. He is a permanent representative of Vivendi Universal on the Board of Directors of UGC. He is part-owner and the Director of Alcatel-Lucent. He is also member of the councils D E monitoring of Dalkia and of the Ozone and Water-company. He is a graduate of École Polytechnique and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.[2]

Guy Dejouany was a French businessman, former President of the French group Générale des Eaux from 1976 to 1996 and one of the most emblematic leaders in the period 1970-2000 France.


Dejouany was born in Paris on 15 December 1920. Only child of André and Jean (née Imbart) Dejouany. His father was a French civil servant, working for the French Administration including the French colonial administration, his mother was a homemaker. Algeria, Madagascar, Senegal were major career assignments of his father.

He followed his schooling in Paris at Fénelon and Condorcet. A graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

After having been the Chief Executive Officer during the previous twenty years, he took George Huvelin succession at the head of the Compagnie Générale des Eaux in 1976 there will be the Managing Director until 1996.

The Presidency of C.G.E.[edit]

During his presidency of C.G.E, Dejouany transformed of the company from a national company focused in the water business, into an international conglomerate.

Guy Dejouany prevented the nationalization of the Générale des Eaux in 1983. At that time, Jacques Delors was Minister of industry, and decided to buy back in hand and via Saint-Gobain - company actions to achieve the blocking minority and thus influence the future of the group. François Mitterrand, President of the Republic in exercise, intervened in favour of the C.G.E.. To follow two groups cross-participation thus participating in the creation of the famous hard cores in French Defence organised to withstand hostile Takeovers abroad.

The end of this episode marks the beginning of a phase of expansion and creation of new trades. Successively, the company puts one foot in the audio-visual sector with Havas creating chain television Canal + in 1984, and then creates SFR, first French private telephony operator. Civil engineering and construction industry develops through particular companies Campenon Bernard SGE (Société Générale d'Entreprises).

At the same time, new trades are explored and conquered: collection and treatment of waste, passenger transport. Complementary trades are reinforced: heating, electricity and heat production. New develop related services (babysitting, green spaces, disinfection, parking lots). Other trades are born as the company General health, has become quickly first l France private hospital. In the middle of the 1990s, the company is one of the largest companies in the world with over 2300 integrated companies consolidations. Expansion in volume and ambition is then equivalent to the United States, with General Electric. Restructuring American less.

Guy Dejouany strongly marked its footprint the history of this group and its business, based on discretion, work culture and spirit of conquest.

Era Dejouany and through modernization by his successor, Jean Marie Messier, there are now several world leaders in their respective fields: VINCI, Veolia Environnement, Vivendi.


Guy Dejouany has three children, Capucine, Melchior, and Gonzague, born of his union with Véronique Honoré, who died in 1985.


  • Commandeur de l'Ordre de la Légion d'honneur "' nicknames"' the Sphinx. The Duke of Anjou. The little man.


  1. ^ "Inquiry Names Executive". The New York Times. 15 June 1995. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mort de Guy Dejouany, ancien PDG de la Compagnie générale des eaux". 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2011-11-17.