November 21, 2014 / 3:23 PM / 4 years ago

Ex-Peugeot chief Varin confirms he is set to become Areva chairman

Philippe Varin, outgoing Chief Executive Officer of French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen, answers to journalists during the company's 2013 results presentation and the news conference to unveil long-awaited Dongfeng deal in Paris February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) - Former chief of car maker Peugeot (PEU.PA) Philippe Varin confirmed that the French government plans to propose him as chairman of state-controlled nuclear group Areva’s AREVA.PA new executive board.

“You know I am being considered to become chairman of Areva, which is a fantastic challenge for me,” Varin said in a speech at the shareholders meeting of EDF (EDF.PA), where he is becoming a member of the state-controlled utility’s board.

He said he would do everything in his power to work closely with new EDF Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy to boost complementarity between the two firms.

“We will make the best use of French technology, and first and foremost of the EPR reactor,” he said.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq; editing by Jason Neely

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