A graduate of ENSMM, Gilles Durand joined EDF in 1984 where he held management positions. In 1992, he joined the public service where he held responsibilities in industrial development. In 2002, he joined Gaz de France to implement the opening of energy markets. In 2007, he participated in the natural gas energy recovery program. He has been Secretary General of the Association Française du GNV since 2010.