Philip De Cnudde
CEO, BU LATAM Engie
Philip de Cnudde was born in 1960 in Kortrijk, Belgium. He graduated in 1983 with a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Ghent University, and took a further Degree in Operations Management in 1986.
In 2000, he attended the General Management Programme CEDEP at INSEAD, Fontainebleau. He began his career in 1985 at Santens Engineering Services in Oudenaarde, where he held a variety of engineering posts, before moving to America in 1989 to become the General Manager overseeing the start-up of the Santens' American operations.
In 1993 he returned to Belgium to work for Electrabel as Head of Operations at the Monceau-sur-Sambre power plant and in 1994 became Project Manager for SAP implementation in Electrabel's Generation Business Unit in Brussels. In 1998 he was appointed Head of the Internal Audit Department, before moving to Tractebel EGI (now GDF SUEZ Energy International) in 2001 to take up the position of Head of Business Control, Consolidation & Accounting.
In 2007, De Cnudde became Executive Vice President of Business Development Oversight for SUEZ Energy International, a position which he has assumed at GDF SUEZ Energy Europe & International level since July 2008. In February 2014, he was nominated as CEO & President for the Latin America Region based in Santiago, Chile.