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Alumni Patrick Pouyanné appointed Chief Executive Officer of Total

Patrick Pouyanné (X1983) was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Committee of Total. Thierry Desmarest (X1964), currently a member of the Board and Honorary Chairman of the Board, was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of Total.

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French oil company Total has appointed the President of Refining & Chemicals, Patrick Pouyanné, as Chief Executive Officer, and Thierry Desmarest as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Those appointments take place after the tragic death of Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie who was killed in a plane crash in Moscow on October 21, 2014.

Patrick Pouyanné, 51, is a graduate of École Polytechnique and École des Mines.

Patrick Pouyanné joined the oil company in 1997, as Chief Administrative Officer of Total E&P Angola. From 1999 to 2002, he was Group Representative in Qatar and CEO of Total Exploration & Production in Qatar.

In August 2002, Patrick Pouyanné was appointed Senior Vice President, Finance, Economics and Information Systems in Exploration & Production. Four years later, he became Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and R&D in Exploration & Production. In 2011, Patrick Pouyanné was appointed Senior Vice President, Chemicals and Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals. One year later, he became President of Refining & Chemicals and member of the Executive Committee.

Prior to Total, from 1989 to 1996, Patrick Pouyanné held various positions in the French Industry Ministry and in ministerial offices, including Environment and Industry Technical Advisor to the Prime Minister from 1993 to 1995 and Chief of Staff to the Information Technology and Space Minister from 1995 to 1996.