GTT appoints new members at its board of directors


Paris – 28 May. The GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) shareholders’ annual general meeting chaired by Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, on 19 May 2015 appointed Michèle Azalbert and Christian Germa, independent director succeeding to Jean-Luc Gourgeon, as members of the Board of Directors for a four-year term. The AGM also approved the appointment of Olivier Jacquier as member of the Board of Directors. His mandate will expire at the end of the shareholders’ meeting held to approve the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015.

Further to his appointment, Christian Germa will be joining the Compensation and Nominations Committee. He will also be chairing the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

The Board of Directors of the Company has nine members, three of whom are independent in accordance with the recommendations of the AFEP-MEDEF Code.

Michèle Azalbert, 47 years old, is an IT engineer who trained at the IIE (Institut d’Informatique d’Entreprise) and is a graduate of HEC Paris. She held various positions in treasury, finance, and managing interest rate and exchange rate risk at Elf Aquitaine (from 1992 to 1996), Sanofi (from 1996 to 1999) and, from 1999, SUEZ. Starting in 2005 until 2008, she served as Treasurer for the SUEZ group. When the GDF and SUEZ groups merged, Michèle Azalbert was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of GASELYS, the joint subsidiary created by GDF and Société Générale and dedicated to commodities market trading. In 2011, she became General Manager of Support Functions. In 2013, Michèle Azalbert joined GDF SUEZ’s LNG Business Unit as Chief Operating Officer in charge of management of LNG contracts and trading, the position she currently holds.

Christian Germa, 45 years old, is an engineering graduate of the École Polytechnique (1992) and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1995). He began his career at the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance, within the Treasury Department, where he worked for several years on the CIRI, the Interministerial Committee on Industrial Restructuring, where he served as Deputy Secretary-General. In 2000 he joined the FD5 investment company as head of investment. From 2002 to 2014, Christian Germa gained experience within the Vinci Group, where he successively held positions as director of construction projects, then director of public-private partnerships for Vinci Construction France. During this time, Christian Germa held several directorships as an independent director, from 2010 to 2012, on the Board of Directors of Vodafone SA and, since 2004, on the Supervisory Board of Faiveley Transport, where he is also Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Olivier Jacquier, 44 years old, is  a graduate of ESCP-Europe (École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris). He began his career at Paribas Corporate Banking as Deputy Representative of the Beijing Representative Office (China) and then as Associate in the Asia Division and Associate in the Americas Division. He joined the SUEZ group in 1999 and held various positions in the Finance Department where he was successively in charge of Financial Operations, Head of Finance, director of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group and director of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Investments Group. Olivier Jacquier managed GDF SUEZ Italia Division in Rome from 2008 to 2012 when he was appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Member of the SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Group Executive Committee. Since December 2014, he has been Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer of the GDF SUEZ Global Gas and LNG Branch.


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