Mr GAUCHÉ is the Manager of the “Generation IV Reactors” Program at the Nuclear Energy Division of CEA, the “French Alternatives Energies and Atomic Energy Commission”. SFEN Young Generation has interviewed him on the ASTRID project (Advanced Sodium Technological Reactor for Industrial Demonstration).
Starting his career within the French Army, François Harari joined the nuclear industry in 1990. He held several high-level positions within Cogema, Areva and Westinghouse Electric Company. He is currently Vice-President and Managing Director of Westinghouse France, Benelux and South Africa. He explained us how his company is active in various areas as Nuclear New Build, Dismantling & Decommissioning operations, Small Modular Reactors.
He graduated in Chemistry from the University of Munich. In 1981, his professional career started in radioprotection at Siemens’ nuclear activities department, where he worked as a process engineer. After having held different managerial positions within the company, in 1999 he became Siemens’ Head of Nuclear Fuel Business in Europe. In 2001, he joined Framatome ANP in Germany, before moving to Paris, where he was appointed Executive Vice President of the Fuel Business Unit, in 2006. In 2008, he returned to Germany and joined E.ON as Managing Director.
Before joining the AREVA Group, he occupied various management positions at Saint-Gobain and Valeo, and was subsequently appointed CEO of ECL, a Péchiney/Alcan subsidiary. He then joined AREVA T&D as Vice-President of its Service Product Line, where he supervised the high and medium voltage electrical equipment installation, maintenance, repair and upgrade activities. Since May 2010 he headed up the Installed Base business unit within the Reactors & Services Business Group