Tell us who you are!
59 years old, and already 40 years of exciting management jobs, with enough time (?) for 6 kids.
French citizen, I am living for 8 years with my family in the west of Germany; I like the German way of life and work, even if I keep strong relationship with my roots.
Just for the fun: starting in Merchant Marine, I embarked the first time as young cadet to Africa with 15 years old. By the way, I am not a classical engineer, graduated in University, but a captain and chief engineer of the Merchant Marine, job that I did around the world until 29 years old.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
As said above, I learned management as young officer on cargo ships and tankers, before to join La Hague Nuclear Reprocessing Plant in 1986 where I had the chance to participate to the start-up and ramp-up of the new generation of plants. I stayed 22 years in this unbelievable and fascinating environment, with robots, inaccessible process cells and big challenges. During 6 years, I managed as Operation Director all the process lines and production employees (1600). I was also managing a know-how transfer project towards Japan. In 2008, I left La Hague to join Enrichment Technology Company, a joint venture in charge of manufacturing the Uranium Ultracentrifuges: I worked with German, Dutch, British, American and French to ramp-up the production.
From 2011 to 2013, I was Nuclear Fuel Manufacturing Vice President, supervising plants in France, Germany, US and Belgium, and joint AREVA Offshore Wind subsidiary in Germany, as director in 2014 for commissioning 120 Wind Converters in North Sea.
It was time for me to step back and to transmit this long experience by creating The Internal Connections Consulting, consultant cabinet specialized in management and organization.
What does “Social Capital” mean to you?
Social Capital can help me to transmit to young managers all what I learned from my predecessors. Learning by experience is of prime importance, but finding a keen listener when meeting concerns or questions can definitively help and avoid human mistakes.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
Passion for people, observing and listening to better understand teams, taking my part of the job to belong the team, supporting teams towards collective success, and… never thinking to my career! A different initial culture helped me also to consider thinks differently.
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?
Organization and launch of the Enrichment Technology University to transmit internal experts’ know-how to the young generation (in a secret and constraining environment)
What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?
My first years on ships helped me to better understand, judge and lead people, with long time on board in a closed environment, some storms, fires or difficult human situations.
Literature and history helped me also to understand how people are diverse.
A conviction that all team members can deliver the best.
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
To meet highly motivated young managers… more motivated in challenges and teams than in their own career.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
Because I like to build concepts from my experience, I will enjoy to get questions and questions in order to better explore this experience.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
Interested in management and human understanding, looking for challenges, and curious about everything
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
I had Anne Lauvergeon as CEO of AREVA during 10 years and I loved this experience, because she brought a lot to the male environment. However, I can understand that reaching such a position is more challenging for women. It depends also on countries and culture: it will be more difficult in Germany than in France… but in France, other glass ceiling exists like … diploma.
Breaking this glass ceiling must be possible without trying to copy men, but, other way around, to prove that women bring a different added value.