French PM confirms EDF chairman to be replaced

27th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon confirmed in an interview to be published on Sunday that Pierre Gadonneix will be replaced as chairman of energy giant EDF, but he did not name his successor.

Paris - French Prime Minister Francois Fillon confirmed in an interview to be published on Sunday that Pierre Gadonneix will be replaced as chairman of energy giant EDF, but he did not name his successor.

"We have deemed it necessary to renew the company's management, though I must pay homage to Pierre Gadonneix, who accompanied EDF's smooth and successful transformation," Fillon told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

"We have defined the ideal profile" and the choice would not be a political one, he said.

French financial daily Les Echos has reported that Veolia Environment president Henri Proglio will take over as EDF chairman.

Proglio, 60, is backed by the French presidency to replace Gadonneix, who has been EDF chief since 2004, the newspaper said, citing sources close to the situation.

The French state owns 85 percent of EDF, which operates France's 58 nuclear reactors, the world's biggest network of atomic power plants.

AFP/Expatica

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