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.
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.
Adja Ba is the Vice-President, Human Resources and Operations of EDF Inc. She oversees the corporation’s administrative structure, HR management, drafts and directs HR policies and processes, contract management, immigration, expatriate services, and corporate insurance.
Adjahas been with EDF’s U.S. Operations since May 1999. During her tenure, she has held various positions including Director of Operations, Financial and Administrative Director, legislative analyst, and market analyst.
Ms. Ba holds a Master’s degree with high honors from Johns Hopkins University in Government with a concentration in Law &Justice.
She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. While getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Philosophy at Denison University, she was nominated on Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. She also received the President’s Award for Educational Improvement from President Bill Clinton.
Ms. Ba is a native of Senegal, West-Africa, and has been living in the U.S. since 1994. She is married with a 5 year old daughter.
François Hedin joined EDF Inc. in August 2011 as Vice-President, Nuclear Engineering in charge of the strategic management of the company’s nuclear engineering activities in the US.
François has worked for the EDF Group for more than 30 years in the field of nuclear engineering and generation, in both technical and management positions.
Prior to joining EDF Inc. in the U.S., François was Deputy Director and Technical Director of the Basic Design Department atEDF SA’s Nuclear Engineering Division. As such, he was responsible for the technical, industrial and economic strategies for EDF SA.’s nuclear power facilities Long Term Operation and overseeing the design of new generation reactors.
From 2000 until 2004, Francois was Directorfor Maintenance of the Group’s nuclear fleet at the Nuclear Generation Division’s headquarters. In this position, he was responsible for the overall maintenance policy of the fleet.
In previous positions, François acquired extensive experience in nuclear power facilities’ operations, (Bugey-France) and safety designs and procedures. Through the years, François has also been actively involved in safety and performance missions of nuclear reactor designs across Europe through different channels and organizations including EUR (European Utilities Requirement), FORATOM, and the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)He first joined EDF Group in 1979 as an R&D Engineer responsible for nuclear reactor system reliability and safety studies.
Françoisholds a graduate degree in engineering from “l”Ecole des Arts et Metiers” and from “l’École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées ». He is married with three children and lives in Bethesda, MD.
John Morris is the Senior Vice-President of EDF’s Strategy & Business Development, North America.
Prior to joining EDF’s North American business in November 2008, John was a Corporate Strategy Director at EDF’s head office in Paris, France, working on various international strategy projects including EDF’s development in the USA. From 2004 until the end of 2005, John was EDF Energy’s Program Director for their sponsorship of London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.
John has extensive experience in operations, business development, and strategy and has held various international engineering and commercial positions in the energy and manufacturing industries. In 1991, after a number of technical roles in the manufacturing sector, he joined London Electricity to work on the development of new business opportunities including the development of major private infrastructure projects in the airport and rail sectors.
After Entergy’s acquisition of London Electricity in 1996, John spent some time working for Entergy’s Corporate Strategy team in New Orleans, Louisiana, before returning to the UK to become Managing Director of London Electricity’s competitive metering business, which grew to 1,000 employees providing metering services across London and South West England.
He holds a degree in Engineering and Business Studies, as well as an MBA from Aston Business School. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and young twins.
Daniel Leroy is Executive Vice-President of EDF Inc, in charge of U.S. nuclear operations and Canada business relations.
Daniel Leroy has been involved in the French nuclear community for more than 30 years. Prior to joining EDF’s American operations in August 2009, Daniel Leroy was EDF Group’s Senior Vice President, Head of Nuclear Fuel, in charge of all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle and Chairman and CEO of EDF’s Fuel Holding Company, SAE.
From 1979 until 1994, he served with the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), namely as a Chief Controlling Officer, then as a Deputy Chief Financial Officer.
Daniel Leroy also served as a Nuclear Counselor to the Ambassador of France in the U.S. from 1994 to 1998 before joining EDF Group’s Generation and Engineering Branch in September 1998.
He graduated from Sciences Po Paris. Daniel Leroy is married, has two sons, and resides in Bethesda, MD.