CPE Lyon Governance

CPE Lyon governance


Chaired by Mr Bernard BIGOT, general administrator of the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA), CPE Lyon governance operates on 3 levels:


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The General Assembly and the Board of Governors with 24 sitting members:


12 members representing local institutions involved in higher education, research, enterprises and regional development with:

  • The Rhône-Alpes region
  • The Rhône council
  • The urban community of Lyon
  • Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • The Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
  • The Institut Polytechnique de Lyon
  • The Facultés Catholiques de Lyon
  • The Université Catholique de Lyon
  • The Fondation Scientifique de Lyon et du Sud-Est
  • The Conseil Economique et Social
  • The Association des Anciens Elèves (2 seats)


12 elected members, physical persons, either currently or formerly company managers or directors

The board of governors


It is made up of 8 members chosen from among the trustees sitting either by right or elected.


The Board is composed of the following members:

  • Bernard BIGOT
  • Philippe DESMARESCAUX
  • Loïc LIETAR
  • Georges ROUSSEAU
  • Jean LEQUENVEN
  • Philippe FINAS
  • Jean-Luc PONCHON
  • Stéphane DEMARQUETTE
  • Serge PERROT
  • Jean-Pierre GIBERT
  • Jean MOUNET
  • Robert AZERAD
  • Gérard PIGNAULT : Director
  • Thierry TIZON : Secretary
  • Christophe DUDON : invited member

The management committee


It is made up of the principal managers of CPE Lyon and its subsidiary, CPE Lyon FCR SAS.The members of the CPE Lyon management committee are:

  • Gérard PIGNAULT: Director
  • Nacer ABOUCHI: Head of the Electronics - Telecommunications – Computer science department
  • Heidi BÖHNERT : Director of International Relations
  • Claude De BELLEFON: Director Scientific of the Chemistry - Chemical Engineering department
  • Christine LEGRAND: Director of Communication and Companies Relations
  • Thierry TIZON: General Secretary
  • Mamadou TRAORE : Academic Director
  • Valérie THORAVAL: Director of Continuing Education

Head of school

The school is headed by Gérard PIGNAULT


Gérard PIGNAULT graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in 1978. He has been at the head of CPg.pignault_241E Lyon since September 2004, after having occupied various posts at Pechiney:

  • In strategy: strategic analyst at Pechiney’s head office in Paris
  • In research: research engineer then head of a research & development team at the Voreppe research centre in Isère.
  • In production: Head of Stade Fonderie, the Pechiney Rhénalu Issoire factory in Puy de Dôme: a site with 1500 people working on the production of aluminium sheets for the aeronautics industry.


Apart from his extensive involvement in various networks (link to the page: 1 school, several networks) Gérard PIGNAULT is also president of Crealys, the Rhône-Alpes west business incubator.