Valerie Bernis | Influence 100

Valerie Bernis

Executive vice president in charge of communications, marketing and sustainable development

French energy company GDF Suez has put sustainability at the center of its strategy over the past decade, with a three-pronged approach that emphasizes innovation, acceptance and what the company calls “appeal” (the ability to attract the best young talent). Valérie Bernis has played a leading role in developing that strategy, first as executive vice president in charge of sustainable development and more recently in a communications role that involves responsibility for financial communications, public affairs and commercial and marketing department. A member of the executive committee of GDF Suez since 2008, Bernis is also responsible for evaluating the status of women at the company and of developing a plan of action for chairman and chief executive Gérard Mestrallet. Previously, Bernis worked in the French Minister of Economics, Finance & Privatization, and from 1993 to 1995 as press and communication officer for the French Prime Minister.