Karlsruhe/Stuttgart. “Pierre Lederer has played a major role in shaping the development of EnBW and we are indebted to him for his part in putting EnBW in its present excellent competitive position. Many decisions of great import for the future of EnBW were made during his term of office. The optimisation of the value added chain under his lead certainly contributed to the operational earnings power of EnBW.” These were the words of Dr. Claus Dieter Hoffmann, chairman of EnBW’s Supervisory Board, on the occasion of Pierre Lederer’s farewell event. Mr. Lederer is leaving the company of his own volition as of 31 January 2009 to take up a new position as Senior Executive Vice-President, Customers, at Electricité de France (EDF).
“Pierre Lederer embodies successful Franco-German partnership – not just in an economic, but also in a cultural way,” said Dr. Daniel Camus, Directeur Général Délégué Finances at Electricité de France SA, and Hans-Peter Villis, CEO of EnBW, in acknowledgement of Pierre Lederer and the services he has rendered. “Thanks to his outstanding knowledge of the energy industry, Mr. Lederer is one of a very small number of non-Germans who have succeeded at all in being appointed to the board of a large company in Germany,“ Mr. Villis said.
The Prime Minister of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Günther H. Oettinger, also emphasised that Mr. Lederer was an energy industry expert of international renown. “You have been a valuable asset for EnBW – and a guarantee for constructive, friendly relations between EDF and EnBW, serving the interests of both companies,” said Prime Minister Oettinger.
The resigning deputy chairman of EnBW’s Board of Management, Pierre Lederer was awarded the Staufer medal in gold by the Prime Minister for his many years of service and achievements for the state of Baden-Württemberg.
In his speech Prime Minister Oettinger said that Mr. Lederer, born in Paris, had gone on to study mathematics and economics and become a European energy manager, with Baden-Württemberg becoming something of a home from home for him over the past nine years. Mr. Lederer had been active on the board of the industry association of Baden-Württemberg. Mr. Oettinger went on to say that as a board member of the Deutsch-Französisches Institut in Ludwigsburg and supporter of the Centre Culturel Franco-Allemand foundation in Karlsruhe, Mr. Lederer had rendered invaluable services in furthering Franco-German cooperation and understanding.
Pierre Lederer was appointed to EnBW’s Board of Management for the first time in June 2000. Chief Operating Officer (COO) since May 2003, he has been in charge of the central operating units within the EnBW group. Since October 2007, Mr. Lederer has also been the deputy chairman of EnBW’s Board of Management.