PARIS, June 16 (Reuters) - Virtually all members of French nuclear group Areva’s executive board urged the reappointment of Chief Executive Anne Lauvergeon, calling her the only person with the “skills and qualities needed to lead Areva in the years to come”.
The letter, dated Wednesday, was sent to the company’s supervisory board Chairman Jean Cyril Spinetta and came amid heightened speculation that French President Nicolas Sarkozy could seek to replace Lauvergeon when her term expires later this month.
Notably absent from the list of 17 signatories was Luc Oursel, the company’s chief operating officer in charge of international, marketing and projects and widely seen as a candidate to succeed Lauvergeon.
The one page letter referred to the tough times the nuclear industry has been through after Japan’s nuclear crisis in March, adding “in this context, it seems to us indispensable to keep the dynamic instilled by Anne Lauvergeon”. (Reporting by Christian Plumb and Gwenaelle Barzic; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)