The Team


With its resolutely entrepreneurial culture, Akuo Energy encourages initiative, independence and creativity. Management structures are horizontal and decisions are made collectively. Governance is structured around various committees which include the founder members, the minority institutional shareholder, the Executive Directors of Business Units and support functions and the Directors of subsidiaries.

The founding team

    President & Co-founder of Akuo Energy

    Eric is in charge of Akuo’s strategic development. He founded and managed several successful information technology companies. He co-founded Perfect Wind, Akuo’s original company, which at the time was the 2nd largest developer of wind farms in France (600 MW portfolio) and was purchased by Iberdrola in 2006. Eric has a Masters Degree from Cornell University.


    Managing Director & Co-founder of Akuo Energy

    Patrice Lucas, MD and co-founder of Akuo, is in charge of business and project development. He co-founded and managed Perfect Wind. Patrice has more than 15 years of experience developing complex, large-scale projects in the Utilities and Energy sector, and has held several positions in Japan, China, Continental Europe and the UK. In his last assignment at Alstom, Patrice was in charge of the procurement and supply chain for a major business unit commanding more than € 1 billion in orders. Patrice has a Masters Degree from Ecole Centrale Paris and an Executive Masters in Business from the Sloan Fellowship Program at the London Business School.


    Managing Director of Akuo Energy

    Benoît Galland, CEO of Akuo Energy, started his career in the energy industry before becoming the CEO of Dole Europe, where he grew the business to €2 billion in annual revenues. Benoit’s focus is on managing the Group’s rapid growth in its global environment. He also brings a strong background in agro-industries which is increasingly critical to Akuo’s success. Benoît has a Masters Degree from Ecole Centrale Paris and an MBA from INSEAD.


    Managing Director of Akuo Energy, President of Akuo Energy Solutions

    Brice Yharrassarry, COO of Akuo Energy and President of Akuo Energy Solutions, has 25 years of experience in the Energy sector. Brice is the former CEO of Technip Europe, the largest Oil & Gas EPC Company in Europe. Prior to that, Brice was Deputy CEO of Technip in the Middle East, successfully growing the project backlog to several billions of dollars. With his strong project management background, Brice focuses on project execution including contracting, construction and operation and on main contractual and technical risks. He is also in charge of developing the new businesses of Akuo Energy. He hold a Masters Degree from INSA Lyon ( National Institut of Applied Science).