Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, the non-executive chairman of Engie. – JOHN THYS / AFP
The appointment of a head of a private company at the head of the Board of the largest public cultural institution in France marks a break from the last two presidents, Jean-Pierre Leclerc and Bernard Stirn, who were both senior officials. The chairman of the Engie energy group, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, was appointed on Wednesday by the government's chairman of the board of directors.
Paris National Opera.
A year ago, the powers of the Board of Directors of the Paris Opera had been enlarged and state supervision strengthened. The Board can now decide on the strategic orientations proposed by the management of the Opera, subsidized to nearly 100 million euros per year. The arrival of Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, 60, comes at a time when the Ministry of Culture is actively seeking a successor to the Director General Stéphane Lissner, who has been in office since 2014 and who ends his term of office in 2021. The latter is marked, among other things, by a steady decline in state subsidies (minus 10 million euros in 10 years), the increase in sponsorship for the largest opera house in Europe (if you count two scenes, Garnier and Bastille).
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu was nominated this year to the presidency of Engie, succeeding Gérard Mestrallet. As CEO of Solvay, he led a profound transformation of this Belgian chemical group. After an early career in the administration and a ministerial cabinet (he was advisor to Martine Aubry at the Ministry of Labor), he worked at Rhône-Poulenc and Rhodia, where he became CEO.