Eric Bret is responsible for the EDF Group’s activities in North America.
In his capacities, Eric is Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and CEO of EDF Inc. and Vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group LLC. He also serves as Director at the Boards of UniStar Nuclear Energy, EDF Trading North America, LLC, and enXco, an EDF EN company.
This leadership position follows almost 30 years of service with the EDF Group.
Prior to leading EDF’s North American operations, Eric was Deputy Vice President of the EDF generation fleet since 2006. In this capacity, Mr. Bret has had oversight of EDF’s nuclear power plant operations in France, including 58 reactors at 19 sites.
Mr. Bret joined EDF in 1982, when he began his engineering career as a training instructor. He rapidly moved to become the head of the safety and quality team of a nuclear power plant before becoming deputy head and then head of a four 900 MW-reactor nuclear power plant in France.
He managed the Nuclear Center for Electricity Production until he was promoted to Deputy Vice President of the EDF generation fleet in 2006. In addition, Mr. Bret was instrumental in the EDF teams supporting the start up operations of nuclear power plants in South Africa (Koeberg 1 & 2) and in China (Daya Bay 1 & 2).
Mr. Bret is an engineer from the Industrial Chemistry and Physics Institute (ICPI) of Lyon. He is married and has 3 daughters.
Jean-Baptiste Siproudhis is Vice-President of EDF Inc. in charge of the company’s corporate and public affairs; he is also Corporate Secretary of EDF Inc.
Prior to joining EDF Inc.’s operations on November 1st. 2011, Jean-Baptiste was in charge of managing the competition law division, within EDF S.A.’s legal department in Paris.
Before joining EDF in November 2002, Jean-Baptiste practiced law in different French and International law firms in Paris.
He holds a doctorate degree in law, a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the ESCP, (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris) and from the ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration-Cycle of postgraduate European Studies).
Jean-Baptiste is married with three children and lives in Washington, DC.
Magdalena Francois-Thurin is the Vice-President, Human Resources and Operations of EDF Inc. She oversees the Corporation's administrative structure, HR management, HR policies and processes, labour contract management, and expatriates services. She is in charge of the planning, development, organization, implementation, and evaluation of the organization's human resources function and performance. Translating EDF Group and EDF Inc.'s strategy into HR operational actions, she participates in the development of EDF Inc. as a strategic partner.
Magdalena joined EDF Inc. in 2014. Prior to that, she was the Executive Coordinator for the EDF Group South and South East Asia Division, then for the EDF Group Asia Pacific Direction. She has been involved in the major power generation projects of the EDF Group in this region, including the Nam Theun 2 hydropower plant in Laos, and the Taishan project, first nuclear EPR units outside Europe. She has been living and working in Asia for seven years, from 2006 to 2013, first in Hong Kong, PRC, then in Bangkok, Thailand, where she started working for the EDF Group, and finally in Beijing, PRC.
Magdalena is a former student of the Ecole normale supérieure de lettres et sciences humaines (ENS-LSH 2003). She also holds a Master from the Sorbonne University and a MBA from the ESCP Europe Business School - Asian Institute of Technology.
Patrick Blandin joined EDF Inc. in July of 2011 as Executive Vice President in charge of Finance, also holding the position of EDF Inc.’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.
Patrick retains his position as Chief Financial Officer at UniStar Nuclear Energy LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF Inc.
Before joining UniStar, Patrick was head of business intelligence for EDF Group’s risk management division, and General Secretary of the Group’s Emergency and Situation Room. Previously, Patrick held positions within the Group as head of mergers and acquisitions, senior financial advisor within mergers and acquisitions, financial advisor for project finance and head of the French franc treasury desk for EDF’s cash management division. Prior to joining EDF in 1990, Patrick was deputy treasurer for Western Europe for General Electric Medical Systems in Paris.
Patrick earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the McComb Business School at the University of Texas at Austin, and from the E. M. Lyon Graduate Business School in Lyon, France. He is a lieutenant commander in the French Naval Reserve Forces, and resides in Baltimore.