20 Oct 17

EDF appoints Colin Matthews CBE as its Non-Executive Chairman

The Board of EDF Energy has today appointed Colin Matthews CBE as its Non-Executive Chairman with effect from 1st November 2017.  On the same day, Simone Rossi will become CEO, succeeding Vincent de Rivaz CBE who is stepping down after nearly 16 years in charge of EDF Energy.

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, and supplies electricity and gas to millions of residential and business customers. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the EDF Group.  

Colin was CEO of Heathrow Airport until 2014 and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Highways England Ltd and Renewi PLC. Simone was until recently Senior Vice President of EDF’s International Division based in Paris, after serving in London as CFO of EDF Energy from 2011 to 2015.

EDF Group Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy said “I thank Vincent warmly for his outstanding contribution to EDF throughout his remarkable career. Under his leadership, EDF Energy has grown to be the UK's largest generator of electricity, supplying more than 65TWh of low carbon nuclear electricity in 2016. The landmark Hinkley Point C project is now fully under way, and Vincent leaves the company in a strong position for future success."

Under Simone's leadership, EDF Energy will be tackling some of the most significant opportunities and challenges associated with assuring Great Britain's future needs for energy in the low carbon economy. Colin will bring much valuable experience from engineering industry and UK infrastructure.”

Colin Matthews said "I am proud and excited to be joining EDF Energy as it plays such an important role in our country's energy supply now and in the future.” 

For more information contact:

Ben Geoghegan
Senior External Communications Manager
0207 752 2626
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EDF Energy

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.

It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

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