Claude Jaouen & Olivier Wantz / Senior Executive Vice President, Reactors & Services Business Group, Senior Executive Vice President, Mining Business Group, Areva

Last updated on profile page : July 4th, 2012


Claude Jaouen, a graduate from Ecole Centrale de Paris with a doctorate in engineering, joined SGN in 1980. After ten years in research and development in various fields of the nuclear fuel cycle and two years in international projects, he was named Director of Research and Development for SGN’s Équeurdreville site in 1992 and Regional Director in 1995. In 1997, he joined the Areva NC La Hague site as Technical Director, later becoming Deputy Director of the site in 2000. Mr. Jaouen was named Director of Information Systems for Areva NC in 2001; those responsibilities were expanded to the group level in July 2002. In January 2003, Claude Jaouen became Executive Vice President, Fuel Sector, at Areva NP. He was appointed CEO of SGN in November 2006 and Vice President of AREVA in charge of examining synergies between the Group’s engineering organizations. He joined the AREVA NP Plants Sector in July 2007, and took its helm on March 1, 2008 as Areva NP Senior Executive Vice President. He was appointed Senior Vice President of the Reactors & Services Business Group in January 2010. Claude Jaouen was named Senior Executive Vice President, Reactors & Services Group, on July 1, 2011.

Olivier Wantz holds a Master of Advanced Studies (DESS) from the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Paris. He joined the Siemens group in 1983, where he held various positions, first in the field of medical engineering, then, in 1995, in telecommunications with the Australian subsidiary. In 2000, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Transportation Systems. Olivier Wantz joined the Areva group in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer of the subsidiary Areva NP. In 2010, he was appointed Senior Executive Vice President of Engineering & Projects. He was named Senior Executive Vice President, Operations Support and a member of the Executive Board in July 2011. In March 2012 he is named Senior Executive Vice President, Mining Business Group.

By Claude Jaouen & Olivier Wantz on ParisTech Review

One year after Fukushima, several European countries have decided to gradually abandon nuclear energy. What are the prospects for this sector? Two executives from world's number 1 group share their views on the new directions taken by a market unlike any other. Increasing safety requirements, predictable upmarket rise of Asian constructors, the dynamism of the small reactor segment and the slow ripening of the third gen reactors: all of these factors draw a new map of this industry.
Un an après Fukushima, et alors que plusieurs pays européens ont décidé l'abandon progressif de l'énergie nucléaire, quelles sont les perspectives pour le secteur ? Les marchés se déplacent vers l'Asie, demain vers l'Afrique. Les exigences croissantes de sûreté, la montée en gamme prévisible des constructeurs asiatiques, le dynamisme du segment des petits réacteurs et la maturation progressive de la troisième génération dessinent un paysage en évolution.

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