Jean-Louis Chaussade, born on December 2, 1951, has an engineering degree from ESTP (1976) and holds a Master’s degree in Economics (Sorbonne, 1976). He is also a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (1980) and the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program (1988). He first joined Degrémont in 1978 and was subsquently appointed Chief Operating Officer of Degrémont Spain, headquartered in Bilbao in 1989. During this period, he was also appointed Director of Aguas de Barcelona. In addition, Jean‑Louis Chaussade became Chief Executive Officer of Dumez Copisa Spain in 1992.
In 1997, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Lyonnaise des Eaux in South America, and Chief Operating Officer of SUEZ for South America. He was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Degrémont in 2000 and, in 2004, Deputy CEO of SUEZ and Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ