Vincent de Rivaz, member of the Executive Committee of EDF Group, is the Chief Executive of EDF Energy, which incorporates British Energy from January 2009. He had previously led the creation of EDF Energy through the merger of former London Electricity Group, Eastern Networks and Seeboard in 2003. He had been appointed CE of LE Group in February 2002. EDF Energy, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF group, is now one of the UK’s leading energy companies.
Mr de Rivaz joined the EDF Finance Department in 1999 as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and in 2000 became Head of Strategy and Finance with group wide responsibility for the financial strategy and operations for EDF Group. Between 1995 and 1998 he worked as Deputy Head of EDF International Division, creating a new Projects Department which he managed. This enabled Mr de Rivaz to be involved in, among others, the acquisition of London Electricity in 1998.
Between 1991 and 1994, he was Managing Director of the Hydro Power Department. From 1985 to 1991 he managed the Far East region placing EDF as a major international player in China, developing projects in the different areas of activity like nuclear, thermal and hydro generation and transmission. A Hydroelectric Engineer, he joined EDF in 1977 in the External Engineering Centre which managed the construction of energy sites for overseas clients, being part of several initiatives in Africa, Guyana and New Caledonia.
Mr de Rivaz was awarded The Energy Institute’s 71st Melchett Award in June 2006. He was named National Ambassador by HRH the Prince of Wales, in July 2009, for his significant contribution to the Prince’s Business in the Community projects. In November 2009 Mr de Rivaz became an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers as recognition for the major contribution he has made to engineering.
He is Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and was awarded an honorary CBE in 2012 for services to the electricity and gas industries.