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 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. Since July 2008, Gérard Mestrallet is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ. His appointment in this position is renewed on April 23 2012. On April 24, 2015, GDF SUEZ is renamed and becomes ENGIE. Since May 2016, Gérard Mestrallet is Chairman of the Board of ENGIE.
Gérard Mestrallet is also :
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of SUEZ
- Chairman of :
Fondation Agir contre l’Exclusion (FACE)
- Member of the Board of Director of Société Générale
- 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)
- International Business Leader Advisor for the Mayor of Beijing (IBLAC Beijing)
- Member of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC Shanghai)
- Member of the International council of JP Morgan Chase
- Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University (UK)