Biographies of the Members of the Board of Directors

Total’s boardroom Salle du conseil d’administration du groupe Total

Total’s Board of Directors has 12 members, including a director representing employee shareholders and a director representing employees who is designated by the Central Works Committee or the Upstream/Holding Company Unit of Economic and Employee Interest (UES)*. It has been chaired by Patrick Pouyanné since December 19, 2015. The Board of Directors decided on December 16, 2015 to once again combine the positions of Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.

Directors are elected by shareholders for three-year terms following their nomination by the Governance & Ethics Committee.

* With the exception of the director representing employees, who is designated by the Central Works Council.


Patrick Pouyanné

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, TOTAL S.A.

A graduate of École Polytechnique and an Engineer of the French Corps des Mines, Patrick Pouyanné held various positions in the French Industry Ministry and in ministerial offices from 1989 to 1996, including Environment & Industry Technical Advisor to Prime Minister (Édouard Balladur) from 1993 to 1995 and Chief of Staff to Information Technology & Space Minister (François Fillon) from 1995 to 1996.

He joined Total in January 1997, as Chief Administrative Officer of Total E&P Angola and became Group Representative in Qatar in 1999.

In August 2002, he was named Senior Vice President, Finance, Economics & Information Systems in Exploration & Production, then in 2006 Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development & R&D in Exploration & Production.

In January 2012, Patrick Pouyanné was appointed President, Refining & Chemicals and member of the Executive Committee.

On October 22, 2014, the Board of Directors of Total appointed him Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Committee.

On May 29, 2015, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Total.

On December 16, 2015, Total’s Board of Directors appointed Patrick Pouyanné Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Total.

Patrick Pouyanné is a Knight of the Legion of Honor.

Patrick Artus

Born on October 14, 1951 (French)

Independent director.
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), Mr. 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. Mr. 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.

Patricia Barbizet

Born on April 17, 1955 (French)

Independent director. Lead Independent Director, Chairwoman of the Governance and Ethics Committee, member of the Compensation Committee and Strategic Committee. 

Ms. 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 S.A. She joined the Pinault group in 1989 as the Chief Financial Officer. In 1992, she assisted in the creation of Artemis and became its Chief Executive Officer in the same year. 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. Ms. Barbizet is also a member of the Board of Directors of TOTAL S.A. 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’Investissement from 2008 to 2013. She is an ESCP Europe graduate (class of 1976).

Marc Blanc

Born on December 7, 1954 (French)

Director of TOTAL S.A. representing employees as of November 4, 2014 until 2017. Member of the Strategic Committee.

After joining the Group in 1980 as a refinery operator at the Grandpuits Refinery, Mr. Blanc has, since 1983, exercised a number of trade union functions, in particular as Secretary of the European Elf Aquitaine Committee and then at TOTAL S.A. from 1991 to 2005. From 1995 to 1997, he worked as Secretary General of the CFTD Seine et Marne trade union for the chemicals industry (Syndicat Chimie CFDT), and then, from 1997 to 2001, as Deputy Secretary General of the CFTD 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, Mr. 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 chemicals 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 sits as a member of the Economic and Finance section as well as of the Environment section. In particular, he is responsible for submitting a report on the societal challenges of biodiversity (la biodiversité, relever le défi sociétal), which was published in 2011, and is the co-author with Alain Bougrain-Dubourg of a follow-up opinion entitled “Acting for Biodiversity” (Agir pour la Biodiversité) submitted in 2013. Mr. Blanc was also a member of the CESE’s temporary Committee on the “annual report on the state of France” in October 2013.

Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette

Born on November 4, 1956 (French)

Independent director. Chairwoman of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee.
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, Ms. 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 Chairman in 2013. She was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2002 to 2012 and has been Chairman of the Board since January 1, 2013.
Ms. 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.
Ms. Coisne-Roquette is also a director of the Association Nationale des Sociétés par Actions (ANSA) of French limited companies.

Paul Desmarais, Jr.

Born on July 3, 1954 (Canadian)

Independent director.
A graduate of McGill University in Montreal and INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, Mr. Desmarais 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.


Maria van der Hoeven

Born on September 13, 1949 (Dutch)

After training as a teacher, Maria van der Hoeven taught home 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. Ms. 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.

Anne-Marie Idrac

Born on July 27, 1951 (French)

Independent director.
A graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (SciencesPo) in Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration school of government (ENA – 1974), Ms. 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. Ms. 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 Chairperson and CEO of the Paris region transit authority RATP from 2002 to 2006 and as Chairperson of French rail operator SNCF from 2006 to 2008.

Barbara Kux

Born on February 26, 1954 (Swiss)

Independent director.
Holder of an MBA (with honors) from INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, Ms. 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, Ms. 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 Fimenich S.A.

Gérard Lamarche

Born on July 15, 1961 (Belgian)

Independent director. Chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the Audit Committee. 

Mr. 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, Mr. 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, Mr. 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, Mr. Lamarche became a director on the Board of Directors of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL). He has been the Deputy Managing Director since January 2012. Mr. Lamarche is currently a director of Lafarge, Legrand, TOTAL S.A. and SGS S.A. He is also a non-voting member (censeur) on the Board of Directors of GDF Suez.

Jean Lemierre

Born on June 6, 1950 (French)

Jean Lemierre is a French national. He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques school of political science in Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration school of government. He also has an undergraduate law degree. Mr. 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. Mr. 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).

Renata Perycz

Born on November 5, 1963 (Polish)

Renata Perycz a graduate of the University of Warsaw, French business school HEC and SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Ms. Perycz 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, Ms. 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.