Gérard Mestrallet is the CEO of ENGIE, Chairman of Paris Europlace, Fondation Agir contre l’Exclusion (FACE), Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM); Member of the Board of Director of Saint-Gobain; Member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG; Member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT); Honorary Chairman of the International Economic Advisory Council of the Mayor of Chongqing (CMIA); Advisor of the International Council of the Mayor of the Shanghai (IBLAC); Member of the International Council of JP Morgan; Member of the Board of Trustees of Tongji University (Shanghai).
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University (UK).
Born in Paris on April 1, 1949, Gérard Mestrallet is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole de l’Aviation Civile, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Toulouse) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He was a Civil administrator in the Treasury and then became Advisor on Industrial Affairs to Jacques Delors, Economy and Finance Minister (1982-1984).
In 1984, he went on to become Advisor to the Chairman of Compagnie Financière de Suez. In 1986, he was then appointed Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Industrial Affairs. In February 1991, Gérard Mestrallet became Managing Director and Chairman of the Management Committee of Société Générale de Belgique, and held this position until 1995. In July 1995, Gérard Mestrallet was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de Suez. In June 1997, Gérard Mestrallet was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board of Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux until May, 2001, when he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Suez. He led the transformation of the Company to build an industrial Group, leader in Energy and Environment.