CNR model

Elisabeth Ayrault

Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of CNR since 2013, Elisabeth Ayrault aims to strengthen CNR’s unique model and make it an enterprise-laboratory for tomorrow’s energies.

Appointed by ruling of the French President to the office of Chairwoman for a period of five years on 4 July 2013, Elisabeth Ayrault relies on the pertinence and efficiency demonstrated by CNR to strengthen its position as leader in renewable energies in France. She declares “We want to extend our role of leader beyond our frontiers”.

CNR’s ambitions

Elisabeth Ayrault intends to pursue developing CNR’s assets in hydropower, wind power and solar power in France and abroad. “Today, 13% of our installed capacity already lies outside the Rhone – a percentage that will increase to eventually reach 15, 20 or 30%, she explains. The Chairwoman of CNR also wants to develop the provision of services for managing and marketing intermittent energies on behalf of third parties and bolster efforts in favour of technological innovation to make CNR an enterprise-laboratory for tomorrow’s energies. Lastly, Elisabeth Ayrault wants to “give greater importance to one of CNR’s historic missions, “providing resources for agricultural use”. She feels that in a context of climate change and scarcer resources, CNR should assist the agricultural sector to better manage its water resources.

Professional background

A chartered architect, graduate of the IAE and holder of an Advanced Studies Degree in urban geography and a Specialised Post Graduate Degree from the Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen, Elisabeth Ayrault set up an architecture and town planning  practice in Perpignan in 1980. In 1991, she joined Lyonnaise des Eaux-Dumez, with Dumez Immobilier Promotion, before working for ten years for Elyo, a company specialised in energy efficiency. From 2009 to 2013, Elisabeth Ayrault was Vice Managing Director of SITA France (a subsidiary of Suez Environnement).


Elisabeth Ayrault
Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of CNR

We intend to pursue our development in renewable energies by reinforcing our industrial excellence in an increasingly competitive sector. By intensifying our research in the optimisation and management of intermittent energies, we will strengthen CNR’s position as laboratory for tomorrow’s energies in the service of the territories and as a major contributor to a new world of energy.

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