Anne Lauvergeon

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Anne Lauvergeon was chief executive of French nuclear giant Areva from 2001 until 2011.

She is an ex-Aide to late French President Francois Mitterrand. In 1990, she was named Advisor for Economic International Affairs at the French Presidency and Deputy Chief of its staff the following year. She also became "Sherpa" to the President, in charge of the G7 Summits' preparation.[1]

In 1999 she became CEO of Cogema, France’s state-owned nuclear fuel reprocessing company. By 2001, Lauvergeon merged Cogema with Framatome, France’s nuclear-engineering and uranium-mining company, to create Areva.[2]

High profile

One of the world's most high-profile businesswomen. Listed as Number 8 in Forbes “100 Most Powerful Women,” in 2006 for expanding Areva's reach globally.[3] The year before, Time magazine listed her in its Time Top 100, describing her as "the archetypal overachiever".[4]

Atomic Anne - the Queen of Nukes

Labelled "Atomic Anne" or the "Queen of Nukes" by the press and considered one of the world’s most powerful evangelists for nuclear power, championing it as the answer to global warming and energy security.[5][6]

Areva's mission, she says, "is to offer reliable technological solutions for CO2-free power generation and electricity transmission and distribution. Being a world leader, we are committed to demonstrate leadership; we are engaged in understanding, and shaping, the energy future".[7]