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Paris, France, 2012/09/20 - Luc Oursel, the President and CEO of AREVA, was elected today as the chair of the Association Nationale de la Recherche et de la Technologie (ANRT – French National Research and Technology Association), by the board of directors.
He takes over from Louis Gallois, the French General Commissioner for Public Investment and former CEO of EADS.
The ANRT brings together French public and private research and development organizations. It strives to improve the effectiveness of public policies on innovation in France, as well as Europe, and to identify and promote best practices in research partnerships.
For more than 30 years, the association has been responsible for managing the Conventions Industrielles de Formation par la Recherche (CIFRE – industrial agreements for training through research) on behalf of the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research.
Through its FutuRIS platform, the organization monitors the French research and innovation system (SFRI) in its international environment and explores its development and progress.
Luc Oursel declared that: "as President and CEO of a group which is the world leader in its sector, and allocates nearly 10% of its revenue each year to research and development, I am fully aware of the vital role played by innovation in giving companies a competitive edge. I am honoured to take over as chair of the ANRT. I will strive to pursue the work of this organization, which is vitally important to research in France, a hotbed for innovation and public / private partnerships."
Having served as Managing Director and COO, International, Marketing and Projects since January of this year, Luc Oursel was appointed President and CEO of AREVA by the Supervisory Board on June 30, 2011.
He joined the group in 2007 as President and CEO of AREVA NP and a member of the Executive Committee and Nuclear Executive Committee of AREVA. In March of the same year, AREVA's Supervisory Board appointed him to the Executive Board of AREVA. He went on to become COO, Nuclear Operations in 2009.
Prior to joining AREVA, he held various top level positions in large industrial companies including liquid food packaging company Sidel where he started out as Senior Executive Vice President of Sidel Solutions in 2002. He went on to head the international subsidiaries division of transportation and logistics giant Geodis before being named Executive Vice President of the group in 2006.
Luc Oursel had previously spent eight years with the Schneider Electric Group where he served as CEO of Schneider Shanghai Industrial Control. He went on to become President and CEO of Schneider Electric Italia in 1998 and Industrial Director of Schneider Electric Group in 2001.
He began his career in 1984 in the French Administration where he held several positions in the energy sector and in 1991 joined the cabinet of the French Secretary of Defense as Technical Advisor for industrial affairs, armament programs and research, a position he held for two years.
Luc Oursel is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris from which he holds the rank of Ingénieur en chef des Mines. He is also President of the SFEN (French Nuclear Energy Society).
Luc Oursel is also:
- Member of the French Nuclear Energy Committee
- Member of the Board of IPEMED
- Member of the Supervisory Board of the French Energy Council
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