RUEIL-MALMAISON, France — Schneider Electric recently announced three executive promotions.
Gwenaelle Avice-Huet has been named Schneider’s new Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, effective April 1, 2022.
Avice-Huet joined Schneider Electric in 2021 as Senior-Vice President of Corporate Strategy. As a member of the Executive Committee, Gwenaelle will preside over developing and deploying strategic, sustainability, and quality & customer satisfaction initiatives, while steering all mergers, acquisitions, and divestment activities globally.
Avice-Huet started her career in scientific research at the French National Research Institute and the French Atomic Energy Commission on nuclear energy before joining the World Bank in Washington D.C. as a consultant. She also worked for the service of the French Prime Minister within the General Secretary of European affairs with responsibility for energy and competitiveness matters, and as the advisor on energy and climate change for various ministers.
Before joining Schneider Electric, Avice-Huet worked at ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ) in various roles, from Senior Vice-President of European and Regulatory affairs, to leading the Renewables energy business. In her last role, Avice-Huet was on the Executive Committee of ENGIE, serving as the Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE North America and in charge of the Global Business Line on Renewable Energies.
Avice-Huet is on the Board of Air France-KLM since May 2021. She holds a degree in Physics and Chemistry from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Cachan, a post-graduate diploma in Molecular Chemistry from France’s Ecole Polytechnique, and an engineering degree from the Corps des Ponts et Chaussées. She has also been nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Avice-Huet resides in Boston, Massachusetts with her family.
Philippe Delorme has been promoted to Executive Vice-President Europe Operations, beginning April 1, 2022.
Delorme, currently Executive Vice-President Energy Management at Schneider Electric, will retain his role as a member of the company’s Executive Committee. This change follows the announcement of Christel Heydemann’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Orange, who is currently Executive Vice-President Europe Operations at Schneider Electric.
In his new role, Delorme will be responsible for Schneider Electric’s full business portfolio across Europe Operations, representing the company’s contribution to the development of the EU’s agenda to accelerate Europe’s green and digital transformation.
With more than 25 years of experience at Schneider Electric, Delorme led various operations in the U.S. and France at the start of his career, as well as in Global roles. In 2009, he became Schneider’s Chief Strategy & Technology Officer and, since 2011, Delorme has led different Global Businesses. In 2019, Delorme was appointed Schneider Electric’s Executive Vice-President of Energy Management and has been a member of its Executive Committee since 2009.
Delorme graduated from the Centrale Paris Engineering School and completed an MBA at Sciences Po Paris (France). Delorme is an active promoter of a zero carbon energy transition through the adoption of digital and electric technologies.
Olivier Blum has been named Schneider’s Executive Vice-President of Schneider’s Energy Management Business, effective April 1, 2022.
Blum, currently Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer at Schneider Electric, will retain his role as a member of the Company’s Executive Committee. This change follows the announcement of Delorme’s appointment as Executive Vice-President of Europe Operations at Schneider Electric.
In his new role, Blum will be responsible for Schneider Electric’s full Energy Management portfolio of world-leading technologies, software and services, championing “Electricity 4.0” as the fastest route to a net zero world that is more electric and more digital.
Blum began his career at Schneider Electric in 1993 in his home country of France. He has been living and working in Asia for the last two decades, where he has held leadership positions as the Regional Head of Strategy for China and the Regional Managing Director for India, before taking on the global role of Executive Vice-President for the Home & Distribution Division based in Hong Kong. In 2014, he joined Schneider Electric’s Executive Committee as the Company’s Chief Human Resources Officer.
Blum has also been a Non-Executive Director on both AVEVA Group PLC (as Remuneration Committee member) and Delta Dore Boards since 2020. In 2019, he received France’s Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year Award from Cadremploi, Morgan Phillips Hudson, Le Figaro Décideurs and Fyte, in recognition of his transformation of Schneider’s leadership and culture on a global scale. In 2021, his sustainability efforts across the Company saw Schneider Electric recognized by Corporate Knights as the World’s Most Sustainable Corporation.
Blum graduated from Grenoble Business School (GEM), France.
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