Bauer Welcomes GDF SUEZ President and CEO For March 10 Lecture Series

Published on February 23, 2015

First Distinguished Leaders Series Event of the Semester Will Focus on Energy Transition

Students at the C. T. Bauer College of Business will hear from a global energy leader on March 10, as GDF SUEZ Energy North America President and CEO Zin Smati opens the semester’s Distinguished Leaders Series.

Smati’s presentation, “Energy Transition and GDF SUEZ,” will address the need to be agile within the ever-changing energy industry by finding opportunity in untapped areas.

This free event begins at 6 p.m. in Melcher Hall Room 160 and is open to students, alumni and the Houston community. Click here to RSVP.

The Distinguished Leaders Series is presented by AGL Resources and their Houston-based energy companies.

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Zin Smati
President and CEO
GDF SUEZ Energy North America


Zin Smati, GDF SUEZ Energy North America

Zin Smati is the president and CEO of GDF SUEZ Energy North America, a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ, one of the world’s leading energy providers. Smati’s responsibility includes the general management, growth, and profitability of the global company’s North American energy businesses which includes electricity generation and cogeneration, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and natural gas.

Prior to his appointment as CEO in March 2006, Smati held many executive positions in the energy industry, including president and CEO of BP Amoco Global Power, senior vice president of Business Development and Marketing for Amoco Power, vice president of Worldwide Power Development for Arco, and manager of International Development for National Power of the United Kingdom.

Smati chairs various boards of companies that are owned by GDF SUEZ in North America. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Sheffield University, England; a master’s degree in engineering from Nottingham University, England; a master’s degree in business administration from Henley Management College, Oxfordshire, England; and a doctorate from Brunel University, West London, England.

He and his wife reside in Houston and have three daughters.

By Abigail Leal