Executive Committee

An Engaged Management in the
development of the Group’s strategy


Former student at the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts & Chaussées, Xavier Caïtucoli has hold different posts in the operations management at LVMH. Xavier Caïtucoli is member of the EBM Board of directors. He cofounded Direct Energie in 2003 and is its CEO since then.


Fabien Choné – Deputy CEO Strategy and Energy

Former student at the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Ponts & Chaussées, Fabien Choné has hold different posts, for 7 years at EDF, among the research and development Management and at the strategy Management. He cofounded Direct Energie in 2003 and holds the post of Deputy CEO. Fabien Choné is also president of the Association Nationale des Opérateurs Détaillants en Energie (A.N.O.D.E).


Sébastien LOUX – Deputy CEO Operations

Graduated from the ESCT (Masters of Audit and management Control) and has a DEA in Economic analysis from the University of Social sciences of Toulouse, Sebastien Loux started his career as an Auditor in the Deloitte & Touch Office for 3 years. He integrates Quiksilver Europe Company in 1994 as Financial Director then Vice president in charge of finances and operations. He joined Direct Energie in 2009.


The Executive Committee

Armelle BALENCEU – Customers operations Director

Graduated from the Télécom ParisTech and holder of an MBA from the INSEAD, Armelle Balenceu started her career in New York at the SITA, before joining France Telecom, then Bouygues, and from 1999 Neuf Telecom that became Neuf Cegetel where she held successively the posts of Mass Marketing Director, Customer Relationship Director, and Strategy Director.

Frédéric CONTIE – Strategy and Development Director

Graduated from the Ecole Centrale of Lille and holder of Maîtrise in Economic sciences from the Sorbone University in Paris, Frédéric Contie worked for Gaz de France en Argentina, and then worked for Dalkia in France among the team in charge of energy supply.

He joined the Group in 2006 to participate in the development of Poweo on the energy market. He has been in charge, among other things, of gas negotiation activities from 2008 onwards before being nominated as Negotiation and Asset optimisation Director in the beginning of 2011. Frédéric Contie is in charge of Innovation, Strategy development and external growth projects since july 2012.

Laurent DELETAIN  - Information Systems Director

Graduated from the INSA Strasbourg (Formerly ENSAIS), Laurent Delétain started his career in 1989 in the domains of civilian and military embedded industrial electronic system; he then joined Telecom Completel at the setting up of the company, where he held different posts in Information Systems Management in France & Europe before taking hold of the Management of the department in 2008. He took part in the creation of the initial information system of Completel and managed several integration systems projects for various mergers and acquisitions. He joined Direct Energie in June 2012.

Martial HOULLE - Legal, Institutional and regulatory affairs Director

Graduated from the universities of Angers, Paris I and Paris II (DEA Comparative Law), and holder of a Graduate Diploma in Law from Greenwich University, Martial Houlle has successively been Legal Manager for Expertel Services & FM, integrator of telecommunications global solutions for companies, and part of Operators Division of France Télécom (complex contracts negotiation in a deregulated market).

Louis Mathieu PERRIN - Administration and Financial Director

Graduated from Sciences Po Paris, Louis-Mathieu PERRIN started his career at Arthur Andersen, before joining Pictet Asset Management, a private bank where he successively works as an analyst then as co-manager of sectorial funds dedicated to the sector of water and services to communities. After that, he joins EY (Ernst and Young) where he assures Audit missions and financial advice during 5 years with several French and foreign companies occurring on the markets of gas and electricity, of which Poweo and Direct Energie, which makes him an expert of the energy sector and a good connoisseur of the Group. He joined Direct Energy in June, 2014 as Financial and administrative director.

Marcos PEREZ-DIAZ - Director in charge of Generation

Graduated from the Ecole Centrale of Paris and from the Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Industriels of Barcelona, he started his career at LJC in 1995. He then joins Jacobs France where he went from the post of Equipment Engineer to the one of Commissioning Manager and the one of Project Manager and finally Equipment & Installations Department Chief. Then, he held the post of Deputy Sales & Marketing Director at Egis Projects, firm of the Caisse des Dépôt & Consignations (CDC) in charge of infrastructure projects development. Elsewhere, Marcos Perez-Diaz is an Industrial Energy teacher at the Ecole Centrale of Paris.

Romain VERDIER – Energy Director

Graduated from Supélec and from the Dauphine University of Paris (Masters 104), Romain Verdier started his career at Arthur Andersen. After that, he joined EDF in 2004 at the Upstream-downstream Optimisation and Trading Management and then the Financial Management. He finally joined Direct Energie in February 2008.