Following the death of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors decided at its meeting of October 22, 2014, on the recommendation of the Governance and Ethics Committee, to separate the functions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in order to ensure the greatest possible continuity in the transition of the General Management. The selected management form remains in effect until a decision to the contrary is made by the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors thus appointed Mr. Pouyanné as Chief Executive Officer for a term of office due to expire at the end of the Shareholders’ Meeting called in 2017 to approve the financial statements for the fiscal year 2016. The Board furthermore appointed Mr. Desmarest as Chairman of the Board of Directors for a period due to expire on December 18, 2015, in light of the age limits set out in the bylaws. As of such date, the functions of Chairman and Chief Executive Office of TOTAL will be combined.
Patrick Pouyanné, Chief Executive Officer of TOTAL
President of the Executive Committee
Born on June 24, 1963 (French).
A graduate of École Polytechnique and a Chief Engineer of France’s Corps des Mines engineering school, Mr. Pouyanné held various administrative positions in the Ministry of Industry and other cabinet positions (technical advisor to the Prime Minister in the fields of the Environment and Industry – Edouard Balladur – from 1993 to 1995, Cabinet Director for the Minister for Information and Aerospace Technologies – François Fillon – from 1995 to 1996) between 1989 and 1996.
In January 1997, he joined TOTAL’s Exploration & Production division, first as Chief Administrative Officer in Angola, before becoming Group representative in Qatar and President of the Exploration and Production subsidiary in that country in 1999.
In August 2002, he was appointed President Finance, Economy and IT for Exploration & Production. In January 2006, he became President Strategy, Growth and Research in Exploration & Production and was appointed a member of the Group’s Management Committee in May 2006.
In March 2011, Mr. Pouyanné was appointed Vice President, Chemicals, and Vice President, Petrochemicals. In January 2012, he became President, Refining & Chemicals and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee.
On October 22, 2014, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of TOTAL and President of the Group’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Pouyanné holds 54,224 TOTAL shares and 7,286.44 units in the TOTAL ACTIONNARIAT FRANCE collective investment fund.