Philippe Van de Maele appointed new Director of innovation and sustainable Construction at Bouygues Construction
Philippe Van de Maele has been appointed Director of Innovation and Sustainable Construction at Bouygues Construction.
The Innovation and Sustainable Construction Department consists of the Sustainable Development Department, the Research, Development and Innovation Department and the Forward Planning and Strategic
Marketing Department as well as a taskforce specialising in Sustainable Construction.
Philippe Van de Maele will report to Yves Gabriel, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bouygues Construction. He will coordinate the work of these departments in order to position Bouygues Construction as a key player in sustainable construction, which has been the Group’s chief strategic priority for several years.
Philippe Van de Maele, aged 51, is a knight of the French Legion of Honour. A graduate of both the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, he began his career with various positions relating to infrastructures in several departmental highways and public works authorities until 1994. He then held positions in the Ministries of Public Works, Overseas Territories and Urban Affairs, particular in relation to issues of regional development and urban affairs. In 1998, Philippe Van de Maele moved to Washington to join the Inter-American Development Bank as manager for urban projects and infrastructures. In 2004, under the authority of the French Minister of Urban Affairs and Urban Renewal, he set up the ANRU (the French National Agency for Urban Renewal), serving as its Chief Executive until 2008. He was then appointed deputy chief of staff to the Minister of Energy and Sustainable Development. In particular, he was in charge of framing the French law on national commitment to the environment (known as Grenelle 2). Philippe Van de Maele was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive of the French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) in 2009. Since April 2012, he has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the UESL, an organisation concerned with housing subsidies paid by companies to employees.