Laurent Schmitt is Secretary-General of ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators. Previously, he was the Smart Grid Strategy Leader at GE Grid Solutions. He spent 18 years at Alstom, working his way up from Alstom Hydro and Thermal Plant Controls in North America to become Vice President for Smart Grid Solutions with the responsibility to develop Alstom’s offer on the Smart Grid segment. He contributes to a number of expert advisory taskforces at the European Commission. In 2015, Schmitt was named one of the 40 most influential people in the European Smart Grid by the Metering & Smart Energy International Magazine.