After Bercy, it was the Elysée which took a stand in favor of the candidacy of Christel Heydemann, current manager of Schneider Electric in Europe, to take over as general manager of Orange, in place of Stéphane Richard, reports Tuesday 18 January BFM Business. Information confirmed at World by a source familiar with the matter.
The secretary general of the Elysée, Alexis Kohler, met Mme Heydemann last week, as did the two other suitors, Frank Boulben, current manager of Verizon, and Ramon Fernandez, the financial director of Orange, to replace Mr. Richard, who submitted his resignation on Wednesday November 24, 2021, on the evening of his conviction on appeal in the Tapie case.
“A small preference”
At the beginning of January, Christel Heydemann had already received the favors of Bercy. If Bruno Le Maire finds the three profiles interesting, he displays “a small preference” for the current vice-president of Schneider Electric, according to those around her. Her eventual appointment would also have the advantage of helping to feminize the CAC 40, which currently has only one leader (Catherine MacGregor at Engie), we note at Bercy.
The leader could be inducted as general manager during a board of directors scheduled for January 24, but which could be delayed by a few days according to BFM Business, because for the moment, if the choice of general management seems close to being arrested, the candidate for the non-executive presidency is still running. Under these conditions, Mr. Richard could stay a few more weeks in a post of non-executive chairman until the general meeting scheduled for May.