With the expiry of Antoine Frérot’s current term of office he has expressed his wish and stepped down as a Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors has decided that Estelle Brachlianoff, Chief Operating Officer, will succeed Antoine Frérot as Chief Executive Officer of Veolia as of July 1, 2022.
Estelle Brachlianoff joined the Group's Executive Committee in 2013 and was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in 2018. She is in charge of managing and leading Veolia, which has become, in ten years, the global champion of ecological transformation.
Madame Brachlianoff is the first female Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Group and has Bulgarian roots. In her first video address for Veolia she shared
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an astronaut. My grandfather, who was a Bulgarian immigrant, who came to France in the 30s, had even made me a telescope. Today, I still owe him my head in the stars and my feet on the ground. As well as my family name.
Estelle Brachlianoff was born in 1972, is an alumnus of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, she began her career in transportation infrastructure and worked with the Préfet of the Ile-de-France region on transportation issues. She joined Veolia in 2005 and became head of the Industrial Cleaning and Facility Management activities in 2007, before heading the Waste activities in Ile-de-France from 2010 and in the United Kingdom from 2012. Between 2012 and 2018, she was Senior Executive Vice President UK & Ireland and a member of Veolia's Executive Committee. She was a member of the President's Committee of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and President of the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain. In July 2018, Estelle Brachlianoff was appointed Chief Operating Officer member of the Group Executive Committee.