[Podcast] #GetReal with Services

As evidenced by a recent survey from the Boston Consulting Group, the period following the Covid-19 pandemic has seen renewed focus from public and private stakeholders on the fight against climate change. This circumstance makes clear that sustainability is firmly established as a key political and business priority across regions and industries and will remain so in the future.

In light of this growing focus on tackling the climate crisis, we are seeing more and more companies commit to reducing carbon emissions by way of mitigating the adverse impacts of their operations on the environment. In this regard, our Services team plays a critical role in guiding and advising our customers on sustainability and energy efficiency in order to accelerate their decarbonization journeys.

Schneider Electric, after all, was one of the earliest adopters of sustainability business strategy and is widely recognized as a global leader in the field. So, we have plenty of expertise to draw on in advising peers and colleagues.

In addition to proposing an array of energy-efficient solutions, our Services experts support customers by strategizing, digitizing and executing sustainability strategies, as well as optimizing equipment lifecycles. They also build enduring relationships with customers so they can better manage their energy consumption and reduce CO2 emissions.

Episode 6: #GetReal with Services 

In this episode of the ‘Own your career, Own your future’ podcast, we are delighted to have our Executive Vice President of Power Systems & Services, Frederic Godemel, our Zone President UK&I, Kelly Becker, our Senior Field Service Rep, Charlotte Barton, and our Head of Circular Economy Services, Pierre Sagrafena join us.

The guests provide a sneak peak of what it’s like to work in the Schneider Electric Services team. They also describe how you can make a REAL IMPACT for a sustainable world, acquire REAL SKILLS and join a REAL INCLUSIVE community, in an episode you do not want to miss!

We also dive into the following key topics:

  • What is Schneider Electric Services?
    • How do our Services experts help customers on their sustainability journey?
    • Role of circularity and reparability in Services
    • Digitization in the Services industry
    • New career opportunities for talents with Digital skills

Guests

Frederic Godemel, Executive Vice President – Power Systems & Services, France

Frederic Godemel joined Schneider in 1990. He holds a degree in engineering from Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France) and a MBA from ESSEC (France). He developed his international career around the power domain, spanning across low and medium voltage, energy automation, infrastructure and Services. Also, he has served in global as well as operational leadership roles based out of China, UAE and currently France. He believes that healthy businesses and societies will depend completely on a successful energy transition. The best and fastest way to achieve such a transition is now crystal clear: the digital technologies available today let all major energy players leverage data to unlock a low-carbon future.

Charlotte Barton, Sr. Field Service Rep, US

Charlotte Barton studied mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Upon entering the world of work, she realized she didn’t want to be stuck at a desk. She thrives on movement and relishes having a new office almost every day by being onsite to help her customers. As a child, she worked on cars and thought, “I can learn that.” She applies that same approach to learn about data center cooling solutions, even though she had more mechanical than electrical training. In her current role, she helps customers with various cooling-related service projects, where she troubleshoots and replaces parts. Charlotte now lives in Massachusetts and is married to her high school sweetheart who works in nuclear engineering as a certified health physicist.

Pierre Sagrafena, Head of Circular Economy Services, United Arab Emirates

Pierre Sagrafena graduated with a Master of Science degree at the École Polytechnique Institute and joined Schneider Electric in 2006. He is an expert in various sustainability-related topic, now leading the Strategic Program on Sustainability and Circularity for the Services business worldwide. Further, he is international by choice and has worked in various organizations and environments, including Australia, Singapore, and Dubai. He satiated his desire to gain exposure to diverse cross-cultural and varied work cultures. He also made some choices based on what counted most in his life at different specific moments.

Kelly Becker, Zone President UK&I, United Kingdom

Kelly Becker has spent many years leading Schneider Electric’s business across the globe. She is currently responsible for all operations within the UK and Ireland, with a strong focus on strategy and business execution. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in advertising and public relations from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Currently, she is a member of CBI’s Energy and Climate Change Board and serves on the Leadership Advisory Board for the Darden School of Business. Also, she is on the Executive Board of Directors for the French Chamber and British American Business.

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