Claude Jaouen, a graduate from Ecole Centrale de Paris with a doctorate in engineering, joined SGN in 1980. After ten years in research and development in various fields of the nuclear fuel cycle and two years in international projects, he was named Director of Research and Development for SGN's équeurdreville site in 1992 and Regional Director in 1995. In 1997, he joined the Areva NC La Hague site as Technical Director, later becoming Deputy Director of the site in 2000. Mr. Jaouen was named Director of Information Systems for Areva NC in 2001; those responsibilities were expanded to the group level in July 2002. In January 2003, Claude Jaouen became Executive Vice President, Fuel Sector, at Areva NP. He was appointed CEO of SGN in November 2006 and Vice President of AREVA in charge of examining synergies between the Group's engineering organizations. He joined the AREVA NP Plants Sector in July 2007, and took its helm on March 1, 2008 as Areva NP Senior Executive Vice President. He was appointed Senior Vice President of the Reactors & Services Business Group in January 2010. Claude Jaouen was named Senior Executive Vice President, Reactors & Services Group, on July 1, 2011.