Philippe Castanet was appointed President and CEO of EDF Inc. on June 1st, 2014. In this role, and as EDF North America Delegate, he is responsible for the development of the EDF Group in this region and the coordination of EDF’s various existing operations in generation, renewable energy, trading, and research and development.
Castanet serves as the Chairman of EDF Inc. Board of Directors, Vice-Chairman of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group LLC Board of Directors, Board Director of EDF Trading Holdings LLC and EDF Renewable Energy Inc.
Castanet has worked in the energy business for 30 years and has held numerous management positions in the areas of generation, commerce, networks, finance, strategy, and business development.
Most recently, Castanet served as Chief Executive Officer of EDF Polska in Warsaw, Poland from October 2008 to April 2014. In that role, he oversaw operations providing 10% of electricity consumed in Poland and 15% of the heat delivered to district heating systems, employing 3,500 employees. Under his leadership, Poland became a priority country for the EDF Group resulting in more than doubling the investment program to over €300 million per year.
Previously, Castanet worked at EDF Energy, a subsidiary of the EDF Group in the United Kingdom, from 1999 to 2008. During his tenure in the UK, he held several positions which included Managing Director-Major Business where he was responsible for the largest sales operations to business consumers in the UK. He also served as Head of Corporate Finance and M&A for this subsidiary from 1999 to 2002.
From 1998 to 1999, Castanet held the role of Senior Project Manager and Financial Advisor in EDF’s International Division where, among other responsibilities, he led the project team for the acquisition of London Electricity.
He was appointed in 1994 to the World Bank in Washington, D.C. as a Project Manager in the Africa Region Infrastructure Department. For three years, he was in charge of negotiating and supervising energy projects in West Africa as well as conducting energy sector work in the region for the International Monetary Fund.
Castanet graduated as a Power Engineer, specialized in Nuclear Physics, from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble.
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.
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 EDFGroup and EDF Inc.'s strategy into HR operational actions, she participates in the development of EDF Inc. as a strategic partner.
Magdalenajoined 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 andworking 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-LSH2003). She also holds a Master from the Sorbonne University and a MBA from the ESCP Europe Business School - Asian Institute of Technology.