Paris (Nuclear News Flashes)--5 July 2001
Chairmen named for French nuclear holding company

The captains of the new French nuclear holding company were named July 3 as expected. Pascal Colombani, administrator general of the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) and chairman of its subsidiary, CEA-Industrie (CEA-I), was named chairman of the supervisory board of the new company, provisionally dubbed Topco, at a board meeting. Anne Lauvergeon, chairman/CEO of Cogema, was named chairman of the Topco management board. The new state-owned company, in which CEA-I will hold 79%, will own a large majority stake in Cogema, Framatome, and a few smaller companies in the nuclear and high-tech sectors. Another board meeting is planned before summer break to advance organizational questions and settle on a name for the new company.