Marine Avisse has always wanted to be involved in nature conservation and help combat climate change. On completing her studies, her desire to take sustainable action for the planet naturally led her to work in the environmental sector. As a young graduate, Marine joined Veolia in the United Kingdom in 2011 for an internship in the public procurement development team. Thanks to six years’ solid experience with Veolia in Great Britain in waste management activities, Marine took up her post as Corporate Development Executive in 2017. A Mergers & Acquisitions specialist, she embodies the Group’s resourceful and innovative spirit on a daily basis.
She is tasked with finding and bringing in the external expertise required to develop new contracts, by acquiring companies or assets, while consolidating Veolia’s geographic presence and existing know-how in the United Kingdom. When she is not at her desk juggling new M&A projects, Marine is traveling around the country to identify future gems for the Group, meet the operational teams, and find partners and investors for infrastructure development projects, etc.
In her view, this drive for innovation primarily implies anticipating the future needs of Veolia’s clients and almost instantly putting in place new business models that are radically different from “traditional” contracts and services. She is particularly proud of securing the future energy-from-waste merchant plant* Rookery South, whose development phase she led for two years.
“We have to be much faster when it comes to decision-making, and how we think, act and train people. We have to be able to reinvent ourselves and change the way we work to always keep one step ahead of emerging needs. It’s a real race,” she explains. To keep up the pace, Marine relies on her team and her ability to unite, mobilize and motivate her colleagues. A keen runner, she displays this team spirit and tenacity not only among her co-workers but also for the rugby teams she passionately supports from the stands!
* Plant developed based on a new business model. Unlike long-term contracts with local authorities, an agreement is first signed with commercial clients. Veolia must then turn to investors for funding.