Total Appoints new CEO, Patrick Pouyanne

Following the tragic death of Total’s Manaaging Director, Christophe de Margerie in a plane accident two days ago, the company has named its new CEO as Patrick Pouyanne and Chairman, Thierry Desmarest.
Pouyanne had previously occupied the role of the company’s President of refineries and chemicals and was already a member of the company’s executive committee.Pouyanne is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and an Engineer of the French Corps de Mines. He has held many positions in the French industry ministry and in ministerial offices, including environment and industry technical advisor to the Prime Minister and Chief of Staff to the Information Technology and space Minister.

He joined Total in 1997 as Chief Administrative Officer of Total E&P Angola and became group representative in Qatar and CEO of Total E&P Qatar in 1999.

In 2002 he was named Senior Vice-President of Finance, Economics and Information systems in eploration and production and became Senior Vice-President of strategy, business development and research in exploration and production in 2006.