Judith Hartmann has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of GDF SUEZ, effective 16 March 2015.
Judith Hartmann, an Austrian citizen, holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Vienna. She began her career in 1993 at Transport Canada in Ottawa. In 1997, she began working at the Financial department of Walt Disney Company in France. In 2000, she joined General Electric in France, where she held various roles over 12 years: first in the group’s financial department, then as Chief Financial Officer of a GE Healthcare entity in the United States in 2004, then located in Brazil in 2010 as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of GE Healthcare for Latin America, and finally as Chief Financial Officer of GE Group Germany. Since 2012, she has served as Chief Financial Officer and as a member of the Executive Board of the Bertelsmann Group in Germany.
Her appointment shows the commitment of Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and CEO of GDF SUEZ, to continue the internationalisation of the Management Committee to reflect the Group’s presence in more than 70 countries.
Judith Hartmann will join GDF SUEZ at the beginning of February as a special advisor to Gérard Mestrallet. She will become Chief Financial Officer on 16 March 2015 and will report to Gérard Mestrallet. In the meantime, Pierre Chareyre, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, will continue to stand in for the Group’s Chief Financial Officer.