Approached as future operational AREVA boss, the number two of the nuclear group, Philippe Knoche, was appointed Wednesday to Transiently after the departure for reasons of health of the president of the Executive Board, Luc Oursel. Given the unavailability of Mr Luc Oursel, and in the current period of transition, the Supervisory Board decided to confer on Mr. Philippe Knoche the same powers that those of the president of the Executive Board, until the holding of the next General Assembly which will decide on the change of governance, said Areva in a press release. This Assembly, which will mark the transformation of the group into a company Board of Directors is currently scheduled on 9 December. The Areva Supervisory Board met today in Paris has renewed its confidence in the Executive Board of the group, composed of four members including Mr Oursel, said the group. 45-year-old Philippe Knoche joined Areva in 2000. The polytechnician and mining engineer is held various positions up to become CEO of the Group owned 87% by public capital in 2011. Very ill, Luc Oursel announced Monday his unexpected departure from the Presidency of the Board of Areva, nearly three and a half years after his appointment at the head of the nuclear group in trouble. In very difficult personal circumstances, despite my strong commitment to Areva, I had to bring myself to not continue my duties at the head of the company and put me off work for therapeutic reasons, had indicated the leader of 55 years in a statement. Joined Areva in 2007, Luc Oursel succeeded Anne Lauvergeon, which was the right arm, June 30, 2011, initially for a term of five years. Formally, he remains Chairman of the Board of Areva to the amendment by the Group of its mode of governance, at the request of the State wishing to increase the control of the shareholders on strategic decisions, criticised in the spring in an original of the Court of Auditors which considered the period Lauvergeon. -Future CEO? -In the framework of this new structure, Philippe Knoche could become director-general while the current President of the Supervisory Board, Pierre Blayau, preside over the Board of Directors. However, the question of succession was removed from the agenda of the Supervisory Board, which met Wednesday, said a Union source told AFP. Until Luc Oursel disease is known, several industrial sources were for weeks the Government will replace the head of the Group badly in point, confronted with persistent difficulties on the market of nuclear and renewable energy. According to the press, Pierre Blayau argued for the appointment of Mr. Philippe Knoche at the head of the specialist of the atom. AREVA had revised downward this summer its forecasts of activity, profitability and cash flow for this year, after a loss of 694 million euros in the first half. October 7, to escape a deterioration in its credit rating, the Group had announced its intention to further reduce its investments and sell more assets to strengthen its financial structure. In a difficult context for the nuclear sector as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi, Luc Oursel is used to implement an ambitious strategic plan, centered on the strengthening of the operational performance, have said Wednesday Ministers SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royal (ecology and energy), Michel Sapin (finance) and Emmanuel Macron (economy). He worked for the renewal of the industrial tool of Areva. It has also strengthened relations with major clients of Areva and including strengthened strategic partnership with EDF, its first customer, after a period of tensions between the two public groups time to Anne Lauvergeon, they added in a joint statement. In a few days, the french energy sector has been facing with cascade upheavals: in addition to Luc Oursel unannounced departure, there was no renewal of Henri Proglio at EDF, the CEO of Total Christophe de Margerie sudden disappearance and the appointment of Isabelle Kocher as number two of GDF Suez, putting it in pole position to replace term GÃ©rard Mestrallet. . For more data regarding this matter click page.
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