EDF Management Team in North and South America



Philippe Castanet is EDF Group International Division Senior Executive Vice Pres...

Philippe Castanet is EDF Group International Division Senior Executive Vice President North and South America. He is also President and CEO of EDF Inc., EDF Group Holding Company in North America, and CEO of DK Energy US, LLC. He is responsible for the development of the EDF Group across North and South America and for the coordination of EDF’s various existing operations in generation, renewable energy, trading, and research and development.

Philippe Castanet serves as the Chairman of EDF Inc. Board of Directors, Chairman of EDF Norte Fluminense Board of Directors, Chairman of EDF Chile Board of Directors, Chairman of EDF Chile Holdings Board of Directors, Chairman of Sociedad de Inversiones El Carmen S.A. Board of Directors, Vice-Chairman of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group LLC Board of Directors, and member of the Board of Directors of DK Energy US LLC, of EDF Trading Holdings LLC, EDF Renewable Energy Inc. and of GNL Penco SpA.

Philippe has worked in the energy business for 30 years and has held numerous management positions in the areas of generation, commerce, networks, finance, strategy, and business development.

Most recently, Philippe served as Chief Executive Officer of EDF Polska in Warsaw, Poland from October 2008 to April 2014. In that role, he oversaw operations providing 10% of electricity consumed in Poland and 15 % of the heat delivered to district heating systems, employing 3,500 employees. Under his leadership,Poland became a priority country for the EDF Group resulting in more than doubling the investment program to over € 550 million for 2014.

Previously, Philippe worked at EDF Energy, a subsidiary of the EDF Group in the United Kingdom, from 1999 to 2008. During his tenure in the UK, he held several positions which included Managing Director-Major Business where he was responsible for the largest sales operations to business consumers in the UK. He also served as Head of Corporate Finance and M&A for this subsidiary from 1999 to 2002.

From 1998 to 1999, Philippe held the role of Senior Project Manager and Financial Advisor in EDF’s International Division where, among other responsibilities, he led the project team for the acquisition of
London Electricity.

He was appointed in 1994 to the World Bank in Washington, D.C. as a Project Manager in the Africa Region Infrastructure Department. For three years, he was in charge of negotiating and supervising energy projects in West Africa as well as conducting energy sector work in the region for the International Monetary Fund.

Castanet graduated as a Power Engineer, specialized in Nuclear Physics, from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble.



Patrick Blandin is Executive Vice President Finance within the Division North an...

Patrick Blandin is Executive Vice President Finance within the Division North and South America of the EDF Group’s International Division. He is also holding the position of EDF Inc.’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.

He was previously Chief Financial Officer at UniStar Nuclear Energy LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF.

Before joining UniStar in 2008, Patrick was head of business intelligence for EDF Group’s risk management division, and General Secretary of the Group’s Emergency and Crisis Situation Room.
Previously, Patrick held positions within the Group as Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, Senior financial advisor for Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Advisor for project finance and Head of the French franc treasury desk for EDF’s cash management division.

Prior to joining EDF in 1990, Patrick was deputy treasurer for Western Europe for General Electric Medical Systems in Paris.

Patrick has a MBA from the McComb Business School at the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Graduate from the EM Lyon Business School in France. He is a lieutenant commander in the French Naval Reserve Forces, and is based in Houston.



Joseph Sanchez is Senior Vice President Industry for operational activities with...

Joseph Sanchez is Senior Vice President Industry for operational activities within the Division North and South America of the EDF Group’s International Division. In this position, he maintains solid cooperation relationships that link the EDF Group to the majors North and South American industrial players.

Before joining his current position in June of 2014, Joseph Sanchez was assigned by EDF to work for four years within the General Management of Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company, a Chinese French company in charge of building and operating the two first EPR units in China.

Prior to this Executive position, he has been in charge of International Projects in EDF Nuclear Operations headquarters from 2007 to 2010, overseeing or responsible for projects related to new build overseas and relationships with other operators.
From 2003 to 2007, he has been Site Vice-President, Director of Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant (France), a two 900 MW pressurized water reactor site where he was also Plant Manager after being Nuclear Safety and Quality Manager.

He started his career in EDF Nuclear Operations as a Simulator Instructor in Bugey Training Centre in 1981. He then occupied various Management positions within Belleville Nuclear Power Plant, a two 1300 MW units, especially during the commissioning period of both units. At that time, Joseph built experience working within the US nuclear industry, as interface engineer in San Onofre Nuclear Station (USA), coordinating sharing of experience between this US plant and Belleville Nuclear Power Plant.

His 35 year EDF career in nuclear energy has given him a broad experience in different areas such as plant management, nuclear safety, operations, maintenance, training, engineering, experience he has shared with other operators worldwide.

Joseph Sanchez graduated as an engineer from the Ecole Nationale des Arts et Métiers in 1980.


SVP Business Development Gas to Power Americas/CEO EDF Chile

Marc GIRARD is Senior Vice President Development Gas to Power Americas for EDF a...

Marc GIRARD is Senior Vice President Development Gas to Power Americas for EDF and CEO of EDF Chile as Country Manager, since July 2017.


Before this, he was responsible for the industrial and commercial project of Dunkerque LNG, a new LNG terminal located North of France, which is the 2nd largest in continental Europe with an importing capacity amounting to 20% of French and Belgian gas markets.

He has experienced various managerial positions within EDF Group, starting in 1992 in Paris with operations of the electrical network and followed in 1996 with managing a 200 MW thermal power plant in Guadeloupe (French West Indies).

Between 2000 and 2003, he lead several development projects for the EDF group, among them initiating the emergent EDF gas organization. He was then appointed head of EDF in French Guiana, where during 4 years he lead this business unit of 500 employees operating in power generation (hydro & thermal), transportation & distribution and sales.

Back to France in 2007, he contributed to the emergence of new services to B2C markets before joining EDF Gas division.


He graduated from French engineering school Ecole Centrale Paris, MSc in Energy, MBA.


SVP Business Development North America

Ed Jarmas is Senior Vice President for Business Development at EDF Inc. responsi...

Ed Jarmas is Senior Vice President for Business Development at EDF Inc. responsible for the development and origination of investment opportunities in the US.

Ed joined EDF in 2008 as Senior Vice President Projects with Unistar Nuclear Energy, LLC and as General Manager of the proposed new nuclear reactor.

Ed served as senior consultant to PPL Development Company from 2004 through 2008 and previously as Senior Vice President Marketing & Business Development at PG&E National Energy Group from 2001 through 2003 where he managed US gas marketing and power generation development activities.

Prior to that he was Vice President at Columbia Electric Corporation from 1997 to 2001 where he was responsible for all fuel, power sales, and gas fired generation development. From 1992 to 1997, he served as Group Manager for Destec Energy’s domestic and international development activities in the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, and Australia.
Ed held various engineering, planning, and marketing assignments early in his career with Tenneco Gas and United Gas Pipeline based in Houston, TX.

He earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Rutger’s University and a M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston.

Christophe HERY

SVP Business Development South America

Christophe Hery is Senior Vice President Business Development South America with...

Christophe Hery is Senior Vice President Business Development South America within the North and South America Division of the EDF Group’s International Division since October 2015. He is located in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. In his role, Christophe is in charge of the identification, evaluation, and proposition of new projects and business models in South America.

Prior to this position and during his multiple experiences in France and all over the world, Christophe has been involved in the management and negotiation of complex multidimensional projects. He served as Senior Project Manager of the South Stream gas interconnection project across the Black Sea for EDF Gas and Southern Europe. Prior to that he was EDF General Representative for Japan and Korea.

In France and Europe, Christophe was appointed in different positions as Deputy Director for EDF Gaz de France Distribution in Lille, for EDF Systèmes Energétiques Insulaires (Corsica Island Energy Systems), Senior Project Manager at EDF Direction des Grands Projets (EDF Major Projects Management), Chief Executive Advisor to the Director of EDF Continental Europe Branch, and Head of the Lorraine Transmission Regional Unit for EDF Transmission Department.

Before joining the EDF Group in July 1998, Christophe served as Task Manager for the World Bank in different West African Countries and as Resident Project Manager for Alcatel Cable Contracting in South Korea.

Christophe got his first experience within the EDF Group between 1985 and 1992 when he was Transmission Network Development Engineer and Resident Project Manager working on the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of the Egypt and Jordan interconnection across the Red Sea.

Christophe graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1984) and got a MBA (Master of Business Administration) from George Washington University (1998).


SVP Energy Services North America

Since January 2015 Grégoire Ignasiak is DK ENERGY US Country Director. He is in ...

Since January 2015 Grégoire Ignasiak is DK ENERGY US Country Director. He is in charge of business development in the USA for energy services, helping customers to reduce their energy consumption as well as their costs and greening their energy mix. DK ENERGY US focuses on District Energy systems, Building Energy Services and Industrial Utilities. He participates, as a strategic partner, to the development of EDF in the region.

Prior to that he has been developing and implementing energy services contracts for Dalkia for more than 10 years with assignments across Europe, while living in Poland and in France. In the field of Business development, Grégoire has served as Project Director for Dalkia Polska and Commercial Director Europe for Dalkia Headquarters, closing contracts and acquisition deals from $ 1m to $ 360m. In the field of operations, Grégoire has served as COO of Dalkia Warszawa, operating the largest district energy in the European Union in Warsaw, Poland and Deputy Manager of the Combined Heat and Power Plant in Poznan, Poland. In the field of finance, he has served for 3 years as the CFO of a $ 120m business unit.

Grégoire joined EDF in March 2001 as Project Manager for the Combined Heat and Power Plant in Cracow and led the Local Economic Development Program during first privatization in the energy sector in Poland.

Then he had a previous experience in North America as a consultant in Washington DC before coming back to EDF Group joining Dalkia in May 2004.

Grégoire is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Technology (Paris Tech) with both ME in Life Sciences and MSc in Economics of Sustainable Development, Energy and the Environment from Agro Paris Tech.


SVP EDF Brazil CEO Norte Fluminense

Since August 2014, Yann Des Longchamps is the Senior Vice President EDF Brazil a...

Since August 2014, Yann Des Longchamps is the Senior Vice President EDF Brazil and CEO of EDF Norte Fluminense, which holds a combined gas cycle of 826 MW supplying 22 % of electricity production consumed in Rio de Janeiro. The company is also shareholder of 51 % of CES - the Energy Company of Sinop, along with Eletrobrás Group, responsible for the construction and operation of a 400 MW hydropower plant in the state of Mato Grosso. Yann is a member of the board of CES. As EDF Country Manager, Yann contributes to the development of the Group’s activities in the territory and ensures contacts with local authorities.

He joined EDF Group in 1999 as Key Account Manager at Light, the electricity distributor for the State of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He subsequently managed the portfolio of residential customers, especially located in the disadvantaged neighborhoods of the city.
In 2003, Yann Des Longchamps was invited to join EDF headquarters in Paris to participate in building the EDF Group’s international dimension, bringing his previous experience in energy markets of developing countries.
In 2005, he was appointed Head of EDF-GDF Customer Service of Seine et Marne Department, leading a team of some 200 employees attending to 500,000 customers as the market was opening to competition.

From 2007 to 2014, Yann Des Longchamps held the position of Advisor for International affairs at the CEO’s office. During this period, he participated in the definition and implementation of the Group's development strategy in Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Russia. Likewise, he contributed to the dynamic strengthening of EDF strategic cooperation with industrial key partners such as Rosatom in Russia, Eletrobrás in Brazil and the National Service of Electricity in Morocco.

Yann Des Longchamps is based in Rio de Janeiro since August 2014. He graduated in Law and Political Science (France, UK), and in Business Administration, holding an MBA in Marketing (Brazil). He speaks five languages: French, English, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.



Jan van der Lee is Vice President R&D and Innovation. In this position, he super...

Jan van der Lee is Vice President R&D and Innovation. In this position, he supervises the activities of the R&D Center located in Silicon Valley, which partners with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and works in real time with leading companies seeking innovation and new technologies. He is also responsible for creating collaborative networks with Universities, national laboratories, and industrial leaders in the energy sector.
Today, EDF collaborates with MIT, Stanford and Berkeley, among others.

Prior to his current position, Jan van der Lee was Director of the Materials Ageing Institute (MAI), an international organization of scientific collaboration among the world’s largest nuclear utilities and related industries from France, USA, UK, Russia, China and Japan. He created the MAI Scientific Network, gathering experts in materials degradation science from about 20 universities worldwide. Jan van der Lee furthermore collaborates in several international initiatives which focus on safe long-term operation of nuclear power plants, is member of the Bureau of SFANS (French branch of the American Nuclear Society), SFC (French Society for Chemistry, Physical Chemistry Division) and of Paul Scherrer Institute’s Scientific Committee.

Before joining EDF in 2009, he was researcher and professor at Mines-ParisTech for close to 20 years.

He received his M.S. degree from the Amsterdam Free University in 1989 and subsequently his Ph.D. from Mines-Paris-Tech. He is fluent in English, French, German and Dutch.

Michael HILL

General Counsel North America

Michael Hill is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of EDF Inc. and DK Energ


Michael Hill is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of EDF Inc. and DK Energy U.S., LLC, where he is responsible for all aspects of legal and regulatory affairs related to the EDF Group’s nuclear business in the U.S., and the EDF Group’s energy efficiency and distributed energy services businesses in the U.S. conducted through DK Energy and Groom Energy Solutions.  Michael is also a member of the board of directors of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, LLC (“CENG”), EDF’s joint venture with Exelon Corporation.

Michael has over fifteen years of experience providing legal and strategic advice to public and private companies. Prior to joining EDF Inc. in December 2011, he practiced law for ten years in the Washington, D.C. of Baker Botts L.L.P., where his practice was concentrated in merger and acquisition, joint venture, and financing transactions for a range of foreign and domestic clients, primarily in the energy, mining and defense sectors.

Michael holds a B.A. in American History and Geology from Washington & Lee University, a M.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. from the University Of Maryland School Of Law.

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