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Laurent Schmitt


Laurent Schmitt

Laurent Schmitt is Vice-President Innovation and Strategy of Alstom Grid.


  • SUPELEC France (1988) Power System engineering degree
  • Alstom / INSEAD Executive MBA


He started in 1998 in the power generation area at Alstom on hydro and thermal plants in Northern America. In 2000, he moved to the Alstom T&D division, later sold to Areva T&D, where he held positions as Sales Director for South-East Asia and Product Marketing Director, covering application for electrical protection, transmission and distribution substations, dispatching centres and energy trading platforms.

Notable achievements:

In June 2007, he was appointed Director for Strategy at Areva T&D automation Business Unit, working with various French and International organisations focusing in intelligent management for Energy Network Infrastructure. In 2008, he was then appointed Vice-President for Strategy and Innovation for the Energy Management Business at Alstom Power. In June 2010, je joined the Alstom Grid sector as Vice-president for the smart Grid Solutions and is widely recognised internationally for his leadership in the following areas:

  • Technological innovation and R&D
  • Standardisations and norms
  • Smart Grid projects development
  • Establishing key partnerships
  • Concept innovator (awards) and smart Grid evangelist
  • Visionary and intuitive towards new business models
  • Animation of a smart eco-citizens community

Memberships – professional bodies:

Member of several strategic industry committees working on Smart Grids: CIGRE, IEC, EPRI, ENTSOe and contributes to several expert advisory taskforces working directly with the European commission, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and several University Consortiums across the world, in areas of Generation, Smart Grid and Storage applications. He was appointed as chairman of the dissemination group of the ETSI-CEN-CENELEC standardisation initiative. He co-authored several leadership white paper on Smart Grids standards convergence published through the CIM Users