The Board of Directors defines the Group's strategic vision, assisted by four specialized committees: Audit, Strategy, Governance & Ethics, and Compensation. It is composed of 12 directors and its membership offers a diverse and synergistic range of experience, nationalities and cultures. As of May 24, 2016, the members of Total S.A.'s Board of Directors are as follows.
Born on June 24, 1963 (French)
A graduate of École Polytechnique and a Chief Engineer of France’s Corps des Mines engineering school, Patrick Pouyanné held various administrative positions in the Ministry of Industry and other cabinet positions between 1989 and 1996 (technical advisor to the Prime Minister – Edouard Balladur – in the fields of the Environment and Industry from 1993 to 1995, Cabinet Director for the Minister for Information and Aerospace Technologies – François Fillon – from 1995 to 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 & Production affiliate in that country in 1999. In August 2002, he was appointed President, Finance, Economics 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, Patrick 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. On May 29, 2015, he was appointed by the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting as director of TOTAL S.A. for a three-year term. At its meeting on December 16, 2015, the Board of Directors of Total appointed him as Chairman of the Board of Directors as of December 19, 2015 for the remainder of his term of office as director. Patrick Pouyanné therefore is now Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Group.
Born on October 14, 1951 (French)
A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique engineering school, the Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance (ENSAE) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo), Patrick Artus began his career at the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), where his work included economic forecasting and modeling.
He then worked in the Economics Department of the OECD (1980), later becoming Dean at ENSAE from 1982 to 1985. He was Scientific Advisor in the Banque de France's Economic Research Department before being appointed Chief Economist at Natixis, where he has been a member of the Executive Committee since May 2013. Patrick Artus is a professor at the Ecole Polytechnique and an associate professor at Paris-Sorbonne University. He is also a member of the council of economic advisors to the French Prime Minister and of the Cercle des Economistes think tank.
Patrick Artus is also a member of Total's Audit Committee and Strategy Committee.
Born on April 17, 1955 (French)
Patricia Barbizet is the Chief Executive Officer of Artemis, the Pinault family's investment company, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Christie's International and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kering.
She joined the Pinault group in 1989 as Chief Financial Officer. In 1992, she was involved in the creation of Artemis and became its Chief Executive Officer. In 2014, she was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Christie's International. She was previously the Treasurer of Renault Véhicules Industriels and then Chief Financial Officer of Renault Crédit International. Patricia Barbizet is also a member of Board of Directors of Total and PSA Peugeot Citroën. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of Bouygues from 2005 to 2012, and Chairwoman of the Investment Committee of the Fonds Stratégique d'Investissment from 2008 to 2013. She is an ESCP Europe graduate (class of 1976).
Patricia Barbizet is Total's Lead Independent Director, Chairwoman of the Governance & Ethics Committee, and member of the Compensation Committee and the Strategy Committee.
Born on December 7, 1954 (French)
After joining the Group in 1980 as a refinery operator at the Grandpuits Refinery, Marc Blanc has held a number of trade union functions since 1983, in particular as Secretary of the Elf Aquitaine European Committee and then at Total S.A. from 1991 to 2005. He is also a member of the Strategy Committee.
From 1995 to 1997, he worked as Secretary General of the CFDT Seine et Marne trade union for the Chemicals Industry (Syndicat Chimie CFDT), and then, from 1997 to 2001, as Deputy Secretary General of the CFDT trade union for the power and chemicals industries in the Île-de-France region (Syndicat Énergie Chimie – SECIF), where he became Secretary General in 2001 and continued in this role until 2005. Subsequently, from 2005 to 2012, Marc Blanc acted as Federal Secretary of the CFDT chemical and power industry federation (Fédération Chimie Énergie) where he was responsible first for industrial policy and then for sustainable development, Corporate Social Responsibility, international affairs (excluding Europe) and the oil and chemical sectors. From 2009 to 2014, he was director of the Chemicals and Power Industry Research and Training Institute (IDEFORCE association) as well as adviser to the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (Conseil Économique, Social et Environnemental – CESE) where he sat as a member of the Economic and Finance section as well as of the Environment section. In particular, he was responsible for submitting a report on the societal challenges of biodiversity (la biodiversité, relever le défi sociétal), which was published in 2011, and was the co-author with Alain Bougrain-Dubourg of a follow-up opinion entitled "Acting for Biodiversity" (Agir pour la Biodiversité) submitted in 2013. Marc Blanc was also a member of the CESE's temporary committee on the "annual report on the state of France" in October 2013.
Born on November 4, 1956 (French)
A graduate of the University of Paris West University in law and English and holder of a Specialized Law Certificate from the New York State Bar Association, Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette worked as an attorney until 1988, when she joined the family-owned Sonepar Group.
From 1988 to 1998, while also serving as Chief Executive Officer of the family-owned Colam Entreprendre holding company, she led several business units at Sonepar S.A. and was appointed Executive Chairwoman in 2013. She was Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer from 2002 to 2012 and has been Chairwoman of the Board since January 1, 2013. Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette served on the Executive Committee of MEDEF, France's main business confederation, from 2009 to 2013 and chaired its Tax Committee. She is a member of France's Economic, Social and Environmental Advisory Council. Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette is also a director of the Association Nationale des Sociétés par Actions (ANSA), an association of French limited companies.
Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette is also Chairwoman of Total's Audit Committee and member of Total's Compensation Committee.
Born on July 3, 1954 (Canadian)
A graduate of McGill University in Montreal and INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, Paul Desmarais Jr. was elected Vice Chairman (1984) and then Chairman of the Board (1990) of Power Financial Corporation, a company he helped found. Since 1996, he has served as Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation of Canada.
Born on September 13, 1949 (Dutch)
After training as a teacher, Maria van der Hoeven taught economics and administrative science before becoming a guidance counselor. She subsequently headed the Adult Vocational Education Center in Maastricht for seven years, before leading the Limburg Technology Center. A member of the Netherlands' House of Representatives until 2010, she served as Minister of Education, Culture and Science from 2002 to 2007 and as Minister of Economic Affairs from 2007 to 2010. Maria van der Hoeven was Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from September 2011 to August 2015, during which time she helped increase the Agency’s membership and highlighted the close link between climate and energy.
Born on July 27, 1951 (French)
A graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques school of political science (SciencesPo) in Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration school of government (ENA – 1974), Anne-Marie Idrac began her career holding various positions as a senior civil servant in the French Ministry of Infrastructure, in the fields of the environment, housing, urban planning and transportation.
She served as Executive Director of the public development authority of Cergy-Pontoise from 1990 to 1993 and Director of Ground Transportation from 1993 to 1995. Anne-Marie Idrac was State Secretary for Transportation from May 1995 to June 1997, member of Parliament from 1997 to 2002, regional councilor for Ile-de-France from 1998 to 2002, and State Secretary for Foreign Trade from March 2008 to November 2010. She also served as Chairwoman and CEO of the Paris region transit authority RATP from 2002 to 2006 and as Chairwoman of French rail operator SNCF from 2006 to 2008.
Anne-Marie Idrac is also a member of Total's Governance & Ethics Committee.
Born on February 26, 1954 (Swiss)
Holder of an MBA (with honors) from INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, Barbara Kux joined McKinsey & Company in 1984 as a Management Consultant, where she was responsible for strategic assignments for multinational groups.
After serving as manager for development of emerging markets at ABB and then at Nestlé between 1989 and 1999, she was appointed Executive Director of Ford in Europe, a position she held from 1999 to 2003. In 2003, Barbara Kux became a member of the Management Committee of Philips and, starting in 2005, was in charge of sustainable development. From 2008 to 2013, she was a member of the Management Board of Siemens AG. She was responsible for sustainable development at Siemens and was in charge of supply chain management. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Henkel and the Board of Directors of Firmenich S.A.
Barbara Kux is also a member of Total's Governance & Ethics Committee and Strategy Committee.
Born on July 15, 1961 (Belgian)
Gérard Lamarche graduated in economic science from Louvain-la-Neuve University and is also a graduate of INSEAD business school (Advanced Management Program for Suez Group Executives). He also followed the Global Leadership Series training course at the Wharton International Forum in 1998-99.
He started his career in 1983 at Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Belgium, before becoming a consultant in mergers and acquisitions in the Netherlands in 1987. In 1988, Gérard Lamarche joined Société Générale de Belgique as an investment manager and management controller between 1989 and 1991, then as a consultant in strategic operations from 1992 to 1995. He joined Compagnie Financière de Suez as a project manager for the Chairman and Secretary of the Executive Committee (1995-1997), before taking part in the merger between Compagnie de Suez and Lyonnaise des Eaux, which became Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux (1997), and then being appointed as the acting Managing Director in charge of Planning, Management Control and Accounts. In 2000, Gérard Lamarche pursued his career by branching into the industrial sector, joining NALCO (the American subsidiary of the Suez group and the world leader in the treatment of industrial water) as the Director and Chief Executive Officer. In March 2004, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Suez group. In April 2011, Gérard Lamarche became a member of the Board of Directors of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL). He has been the Deputy Managing Director since January 2012. Gérard Lamarche is currently a director of Lafarge, Legrand, TOTAL S.A. and SGS S.A. He is also a non-voting member (censeur) of the Board of Directors of GDF Suez.
Gérard Lamarche is Chairman of Total's Compensation Committee and member of Total's Audit Committee.
Born on June 6, 1950 (French)
Jean Lemierre graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques school of political science (SciencesPo) in Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration school of government. He also has an undergraduate law degree. Jean Lemierre held various positions with the French Internal Revenue Service, including Head of the Tax Policy Administration and Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. He was then appointed Chief of Staff to the French Minister of the Economy and Finance, before being named Secretary of the Treasury in October 1995. From 2000 to 2008, he served as President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In 2008, he was appointed advisor to the Chairman of BNP Paribas. He has been Chairman of the bank since December 1, 2014. Jean Lemierre has also been a member of the European Monetary Committee (1995-1998), Chairman of the European Union’s Economic and Financial Committee (1999-2000) and Chairman of the Paris Club (1999-2000), and is a member of the International Advisory Council of China Investment Corporation (CIC) and the International Advisory Council of the China Development Bank (CDB). He is currently President of CEPII, a French research center focused on the international economy, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Institute of International Finance (IIF).
Born on November 5, 1963 (Polish)
Renata Perycz is a graduate of the University of Warsaw, French business school HEC and SGH Warsaw School of Economics and joined Total in 1993 as Logistics & Sales Manager at Total Polska. She was named head of Supply & Logistics in 2000 and of the affiliate’s Purchasing Department in 2003. In 2007, she was appointed Vice President, Human Resources & Purchasing at Total Polska. Since 2013, Renata Perycz has been Vice President, Human Resources & Internal Communications at the affiliate.
She was elected to the Supervisory Board of the Total Actionnariat International Capitalisation mutual fund in 2012 to represent shareholders.