Anne Lauvergeon

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Anne Lauvergeon
Anne Lauvergeon - Université d'été du MEDEF 2009.jpg
Born (1959-08-02) 2 August 1959 (age 59)
Dijon, France
Alma materMines ParisTech

Anne Lauvergeon (born 2 August 1959) is a French businesswoman, and was CEO of Areva 2001–2011.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Born in Dijon, Côte-d'Or, in 1956 she attended the École normale de jeunes filles to pass the Agrégation in physics. Then she entered the Corps des Mines. In 1983 she enrolled in her first vocational course with the Corps de Mines, in the iron and steel industry, at Usinor. A second vocational course, in 1984, took place with the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique, where she studied chemical safety in Europe. From 1985 to 1988, she was with the l'Inspection générale des carrières (IGC). In 1990, she was placed in charge of the mission for the international economy and foreign trade by French President François Mitterrand. The following year, she became assistant secretary general. She was then named "sherpa", i.e. personal representative to the president, and responsible for preparing international meetings such as the G7 summit. In 1995, she joined the banking sector, and became a managing partner of Lazard. In March 1997, she was appointed general director of Alcatel, before becoming part of the group's executive committee.

Leadership in nuclear power[edit]

In June 1999 she was appointed CEO of the group Cogema, succeeding Jean Syrota, who resigned under pressure from The Greens. In July 2001, she merged Cogema, Framatome and other companies to create Areva. At the head of the new company, she became a member the small circle of women directing international corporations. The 2006 Fortune Global 500, published by the American magazine Fortune, ranked her as the 2nd most powerful woman in Europe, behind Patricia Russo, future president of Alcatel-Lucent Technologies.

In 2001 Roger-Gérard Schwartzenberg chose her to chair the "national contest of assistance the creation of companies of innovating technologies".

In September 2002 the daily economic newspaper Les Échos uncovered a report from the French court of auditors, citing her compensation (salary of €305,000 with bonus of €122,000) and "golden parachute" of two years' wages.[citation needed]

Towards the end of 2006 Areva encountered difficulties with its new European Pressurized Reactor and announced an expected delay of eighteen months to three years for its delivery, according to the French daily newspaper La Tribune.[2] The reactor is to be the first of its kind in Finland. The delay may cost €700 million.[3]

Lauvergeon is also President of the board of directors of École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy[4] and is a director or board member of Suez, Total S.A., Safran S.A. and Vodafone.[5][6][7][8]

On 10 July 2008 in the French economic paper "Challenges," she stated: "Uranium is a main part of our success. Our model is... Nespresso: we sell coffee machines and the coffee that fits them. And coffee is very profitable. So in China, we sold two nuclear islands, plus 35% of our uranium production. This is our integrated business model".[9]

On 16 October 2009 Lauvergeon addressed journalists outside the "Women’s Forum" organised in Deauville. She declared: "To be clear, with same competences, sorry, we will choose the woman or something else rather than the white male." She said these words during the France 2 evening news.[10][11][12] This statement generated reaction and was chosen as an example by Éric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen to explain that positive discrimination was a kind of racism.

In June 2010 she was attended the Bilderberg conference in Sitges, Spain.[13] She is a member of the Trilateral Commission as well.[14]

On 16 June 2011 François Fillon, the French Prime minister, announced that Anne Lauvergeon's mandate as head of Areva, terminating end of June 2011, would not be renewed. She was replaced by Luc Oursel, member of the Areva board of management since 2007.[15]

In July 2011 Lauvergeon was elected an International Fellow by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK.[16]

International recognition[edit]

In 2009 she was ranked by Forbes magazine as the ninth-most powerful woman in the world.[17]


  1. ^ "Five Reasons Anne Lauvergeon is Still the Bomb". Forbes. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  2. ^ (in French) Areva : la tension monte en Finlande – La
  3. ^ : Le retard de l'EPR finlandais va coûter 700 millions d'euros au français
  4. ^ Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy : La Lampe – Lettre d'information Archived 24 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Suez – Anne Lauvergeon
  6. ^ Total – Corporate Web Site – Members of the Board of Directors – Organization – Presentation Archived 16 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Safran – About Safran
  8. ^ Anne Lauvergeon – Vodafone
  9. ^ (in French) L'interview – «le modèle d'areva, c'est... nespresso» –
  10. ^ (in French)"Areva, l'extrême droite et le "mâle blanc"". Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  11. ^ (in French) L'extrême droite critique Lauvergeon
  12. ^ (in French) Anne Lauvergeon déraille au Women's Forum on YouTube
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 January 2015. Retrieved 2011-08-25.
  14. ^ Liste des membres en 2010
  15. ^ Areva enterre l'ère Lauvergeon, Challenges, 2 September 2014
  16. ^ "Academy celebrates 59 New Fellows". RAEng. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  17. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women: Anne Lauvergeon". Forbes. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
Business positions
Preceded by
CEO of Areva
Succeeded by
Luc Oursel