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Peter HERWECK

Chief Executive Officer
Peter Herweck is Chief Executive Officer of Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation. Peter became Schneider’s chief executive in May 2023, returning to take the helm of the company after having served as CEO of the industrial software group AVEVA since May 2021. Peter first joined Schneider Electric in 2016 when he was appointed to the Executive Committee to lead the Industrial Automation business. In 2018, he undertook the merger of Schneider’s Industrial Software business with AVEVA. After starting his career as a Software Development Engineer with Mitsubishi in Japan, Peter joined Siemens where he held various executive positions before becoming Chief Strategy Officer. Peter’s background also includes senior management in the US, Japan, China, and several European countries, as well as extensive global responsibilities.  Peter holds an MBA from Wake Forest University School of Business, and Electrical Engineering degrees from Metz University, France and Saarland University, Germany. He is also a Harvard Business School Advanced Management alumnus.

Jean-Pascal TRICOIRE

Chairman
Jean-Pascal Tricoire is the Chairman of Schneider Electric. He previously served as COO of Schneider from 2003, CEO from 2006 to 2013, and Chairman and CEO from 2013 to 2023. Under Jean-Pascal’s leadership, Schneider has transformed and become a technology company leading in software, sustainability, digitization, and electrification. As CEO, he redefined the company’s purpose and technology portfolio, quadrupling Schneider’s revenues across its balanced geographical footprint. Jean-Pascal joined Schneider Electric in 1986 and held various positions across France, Italy, China, South Africa, the United States and Hong Kong. In 2001, he first joined the company’s Executive Committee to take charge of Schneider’s international division. Jean-Pascal also serves as an independent director on the board of Qualcomm. He is a director of the worldwide board of the United Nations Global Compact, a United Nations #HeForShe Corporate IMPACT champion and a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum as well as the Asia Business Council. He is also a member of the board of trustees of Northeastern University. Jean-Pascal is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Singapore Economic Development Board and a member of the advisory councils of Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. He led the France-China Business Council from 2009 to 2019. He is a Knight of the Legion of Honor and an Officer of the National Order of Merit in France. Jean-Pascal is committed to leverage technology to create a net zero and inclusive future for all. He is passionate about technology and software, access to energy, sustainable development and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Gwenaelle AVICE HUET

Executive Vice President of Europe Operations
Gwenaelle Avice Huet has been Schneider Electric’s Executive Vice President of Europe Operations since September 4, 2023 and serves on its Executive Committee. She is 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. Gwenaelle joined Schneider Electric in 2021 as Senior-Vice President of Corporate Strategy, before entering the Executive Committee as Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer.  Before joining Schneider Electric, Gwenaelle 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, she 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. Gwenaelle started her career at the French National Centre for Scientific Research 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. Gwenaelle also serves on the Board of Air France – KLM. She holds a degree in Physics and Chemistry from the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, 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. She is based in Europe. 

Laurent BATAILLE

Executive Vice President, France Operations
Laurent Bataille is Executive Vice President, France Operations, and Member of the Executive Committee of Schneider Electric. Laurent started his career at Schneider Electric in the Corporate Strategy & Acquisitions department. Since 2019, he was Executive Vice President Digital Energy Division of Schneider Electric. From 2014 to 2018, Laurent oversaw the EcoBuilding Division in Boston (USA). Prior to this role, from 2011 to 2014, Laurent was based in Canada as Senior Vice President of the Solar Business of Schneider Electric. Since joining Schneider in 2004, he has held several senior leadership roles including Vice President of the CST Industry Division from 2008 to 2011. From 2006 to 2008, he was General Manager CST Industry Americas. Before joining Schneider Electric, Laurent was a consultant for McKinsey & Company. Laurent holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique (France).

Olivier BLUM

Executive Vice President, Energy Management Business
As Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric’s Energy Management business, Olivier is responsible for the entire Energy Management portfolio of world-leading technologies, software and services. Olivier is an active promoter of Sustainability and “Electricity 4.0” the fastest route to a net zero world that is more electric and more digital. Olivier has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2014. In his previous role as Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer, Olivier led the development of Corporate Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Sustainability and Quality. Prior to that, Olivier led Schneider’s People Strategy as Chief Human Resources Officer between 2014 and 2020. Olivier 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. Olivier has been a Non-Executive Director on both AVEVA Group PLC (as Remuneration Committee member) and Delta Dore Boards since 2020. In 2019, Olivier received France’s Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year Award from Cadremploi, Morgan Phillips Hudson, Le Figaro Décideurs and Fyte, in recognition of how he transformed Schneider’s leadership and culture at 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. Olivier graduated from Grenoble Business School (GEM), France.

Annette CLAYTON

Chief Executive Officer, Schneider Electric North America
Annette Clayton serves as the chief executive officer for Schneider Electric North America. Clayton is responsible for the region’s business strategy, developing and fostering new growth business models specifically in the areas of sustainability, decarbonization and renewables. In her role she is partnering with innovators, industry and governments to further the mission towards an all-electric world. She is a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Clayton has led the execution of the North America region comprised of 30,000 employees that generated sales of more than $8.5 billion in 2021. Through December 2019, she also held the title of Chief Supply Chain Officer and led the $13.4 billion Global Supply Chain (GSC) operation. GSC is comprised of about 86,000 employees and encompasses 207 manufacturing factories and 98distribution centers in 44 countries that Gartner ranked as No. 4 globally in their annual Top 25 list. Clayton’s scope also included overseeing the company’s Customer Satisfaction & Quality, and Safety, Environment and Real Estate organizations. Prior to joining Schneider Electric in 2011, Clayton served as the vice president, Global Operations, Dell, and led the transformation of its global supply chain and fulfillment model aimed at providing the lowest cost and best value of products for the company’s wide array of customers. She previously served as the vice president, Dell Americas Operations, and oversaw the manufacturing and fulfillment operations in the Americas region. Clayton was also responsible for the commercial order management and customer care operations for the region’s 20 sites in 16 countries. From 1983 to 2006 Clayton worked at General Motors Corporation in senior management roles, including the president of Saturn Corporation. In this capacity she oversaw its strategic direction, financial accountability, and profit and loss responsibility. She was also a member of the company’s North American Strategy Board and served as the vice president of Quality, among other production, engineering and management positions.  Clayton chairs the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and is a board of director for the National Association of Manufacturers. She represents Schneider Electric’s innovation at the edge investments by serving on the AlphaStruxure board, a joint venture with The Carlyle Group aimed at delivering energy-as-a-service in a renewable manner including the use of microgrids. She also holds board positions with Uplight, a Schneider Electric financially backed technology partner for energy providers and the clean energy ecosystem, and with Qmerit, a green energy leader that simplifies the adoption of electrification products for residential and small business markets. She is also a board of director for two publicly held companies, Duke Energy, where she serves on their Audit and Operations & Nuclear Oversight committees, and NXP Semiconductors, where she serves as a non-executive director and compensation committee member. Clayton also serves as a founding member of the Zero100 Advisory Board to further cross-industry efforts to design supply chains that deliver breakthrough customer experiences that make positive environmental and societal contributions. As a Champion for the JourneyToLead organization, Clayton contributes to accelerating the diversity and trajectory of women in leadership. Clayton graduated from Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering and obtained a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton. She has also completed the London Business School executive development program. Clayton brings to Schneider Electric years of experience in manufacturing, engineering operations, quality and productivity improvements, business process and strategic development, operational planning, budgeting and cost controls, labor relations and strategic partnerships, M&A, business development, and governance.

Hervé COUREIL

Chief Governance Officer and Secretary General
Hervé Coureil joined Schneider Electric in 1993. Since June 2020, he is serving as Chief Governance Officer & Secretary General. He is a member of the Executive Committee since 2009. Herve's role evolves around Schneider Electric’s three Trust themes: Integrity with the establishment of an end-to-end governance framework, Transparency with the deployment of a data-backed strategic execution system, and Resilience with the implementation of an integrated risk management and security model, notably on cyber. From 2017 – 2020, Hervé served as Chief Digital Officer where his responsibilities included among others Enterprise IT, Digital Engineering, IoT and Digital Platforms. Prior to that, from 2009 – 2017, he held the position of Chief Information Officer. In this role he was responsible for information technology, processes, and organization globally. Previous to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer for the Critical Power and Cooling Services (CPCS) Business Unit of Schneider Electric which was formed in early 2007 following the acquisition of APC Corp and its merger with MGE-UPS Systems. Hervé’s responsibilities included overseeing Legal, IT, and Strategy. In addition, he held a variety of finance and business development positions within the group including Senior Vice President Finance, Control, and Business Development for the Asia Pacific Operating Division of Schneider Electric, Vice President Financial Control for the International Division, and Corporate Officer for Mergers and Acquisitions. He also held Financial Controller positions in various other organizations. Hervé holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Reims Management School in France and a Graduado en Ciencias Empresariales Europeas from ICADE in Spain.

Barbara FREI

Executive Vice President, Industrial Automation
Barbara leads Schneider Electric’s global Industrial Automation Business and has served on the company’s Executive Committee since 2019. Barbara joined Schneider Electric in 2016 as Country President of Germany, and expanded her scope to Zone President of DACH in 2017 (including Germany, Austria and Switzerland). In 2019, she was appointed Executive Vice President, Europe Operations and a member of the Executive Committee.  Barbara started her career as a development project manager for motors and drives at ABB Schweiz AG. She held various senior management positions in the ABB Group, including regional responsibility as Country Manager Czech Republic, Regional Manager for the Mediterranean in Italy, and leadership of the worldwide drives business. Barbara holds a PhD in Electrical Machines from ETH Zurich, and an MBA from IMD Lausanne.

Caspar Herzberg

Chief Executive Officer - AVEVA
Caspar Herzberg joined AVEVA in 2021.  He was previously Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer, becoming CEO in March 2023. With more than 25 years’ software and industry experience, Caspar brings deep understanding of how technology can transform and reshape industries, enabling innovation and driving responsible use of resources. Previously he led all aspects of Schneider Electric’s business in over 80 countries as President, Middle East & Africa. Caspar started his business career at Accenture based out of their London office and worked in extensive digital transformations for the global energy sector. At Cisco, Caspar led sales and services for over ten years, developing smart cities strategies, technology innovation and business master plans for the private and public sector in China, Asia, Japan, Australia, the USA and Europe. Author of ‘Smart Cities, Digital Nations’, Caspar is a thought-leader in the fields of Smart Cities, Digital Transformation and IoT. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Dubai International Chamber of Commerce. Caspar holds an MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and an BA in Arabic & Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford. He speaks English, German, Arabic and French.
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