The Executive Committee is Total’s primary decision-making body. As such, it implements the strategic vision defined by the Board of Directors. Led by the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, it has six members.
The Executive Committee implements the strategic vision defined by the Board of Directors and authorizes the corresponding capital expenditures. It is chaired by Patrick Pouyanné, named Chairman & Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors of Total S.A. at its meeting on December 16, 2015.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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. On May 29, 2015, he was appointed by the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting as director of TOTAL S.A. for a 3-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. Mr. Pouyanné therefore is now Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Group.
A graduate of French engineering school Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Arnaud Breuillac joined Total in 1982. He has held various positions in Exploration & Production, in France, Abu Dhabi, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Angola, and in Refining in France. Between 2004 and 2006, he served as Vice President, Middle East Iran. In December 2006, he was appointed to Exploration & Production’s Management Committee in his role as Senior Vice President, Continental Europe and Central Asia. He became Exploration & Production's Senior Vice President, Middle East in July 2010 and joined Total’s Management Committee* on January 1, 2011. On January 1, 2014, Arnaud Breuillac was appointed as Total’s President, Exploration & Production. He has been a member of the Executive Committee since October 1, 2014.
Patrick de La Chevardière
Patrick de La Chevardière, born in March 1957, is a graduate of École Centrale de Paris and École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC). He joined Total in 1982 and served as a drilling engineer at Exploration & Production division until 1989. He then joined the Finance Division as a Project Manager, before he was appointed Vice President, Operations and Subsidiaries in 1995. He was appointed Vice President, Asia for Refining & Marketing in 2000, Deputy Chief Financial Officer in September 2003 and a member of the Management Committee* in January 2005. Patrick de La Chevardière has been Total’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee since June 2008.
Momar Nguer began his career in 1982 in Hewlett Packard France’s Finance Department. He joined Total in 1984, serving in various Downstream positions. He was named Vice President, Marketing at Total Sénégal in 1985 and appointed Vice President, Retail Network & Consumers of Total in Africa in 1991. In 1995, Momar Nguer became Chief Executive Officer of the marketing affiliate Total Cameroun and was subsequently named Chief Executive Officer of the marketing affiliate Total Kenya in 1997. In 2000, he was appointed Executive Vice President, Total East Africa & Indian Ocean in Total’s Refining & Marketing business. From 2007 to 2011, he was Vice President, Aviation Fuel at Total Refining & Marketing. Momar Nguer has been Senior Vice President, Africa and The Middle East at Total Marketing & Services since December 2011. He was appointed to the Group Performance Management Committee in January 2012, and Chairman of the Group Diversity Council on August 1, 2015. As of April 15, 2016, he is appointed President Marketing & Services and member of the Executive Committee of Total. Momar Nguer, 59, is a graduate of France’s ESSEC business school.
He began his career at Booz Allen & Hamilton, later joining Total in 1991, where he held a number of operational positions in plants and at the headquarters of affiliates, including Hutchinson and Coates Lorilleux. He subsequently served as Chief Executive Officer France and Chief Executive Officer Europe for Bostik from 2000 to 2006, before serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cray Valley from 2006 to 2009. He was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bostik in 2010. While at Total, he was a member of the Group's Management Committee from 2011 and of the Refining & Chemicals Management Committee from 2012 to 2014.
In February 2015, when Bostik was acquired by Arkema, Mr. Pinatel became a member of that company's Executive Committee, in charge of the High Performance Materials business segment.
On September 1, 2016, he is joining Total and is appointed President, Refining & Chemicals and a member of Total's Executive Committee
Bernard Pinatel is a graduate of École Polytechnique and Institut d'Études Politiques (IEP) in Paris, and holds an MBA from the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). He is also a statistician-economist (École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique – ENSAE).
Philippe Sauquet began his career in 1981 as a civil engineer at the French Ministry of Infrastructure. He subsequently worked at the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance.
He joined chemical company Orkem in 1988 as Vice President, Strategy before being appointed Senior Vice President, Acrylics Sales & Marketing.
He moved to Total in 1990 as Vice President, Anti-Corrosion Paints and was subsequently named Vice President, Chemicals Strategy.
In 1997, Mr. Sauquet transferred to the Gas & Power Division, where he was successively Vice President, Americas; Vice President, International; Senior Vice President, Strategy & Renewables; Senior Vice President, Trading & Marketing, Gas & Power, based in London.
He was appointed President of Gas & Power on July 1, 2012, in which capacity he also sat on the Group Management Committee.
On October 29, 2014, Mr. Sauquet was named President, Refining & Chemicals and joined Total's Executive Committee. On April 15, 2016, he was also appointed Interim President, New Energies.
On September 1, 2016, he is appointed President of the newly created Gas, Renewables & Power branch. He is also appointed Executive Vice President, Strategy & Innovation and member of Total's Executive Committee.
Mr. Sauquet is a graduate of France's École Polytechnique and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées engineering schools and of the University of California, Berkeley in the United States.
Namita Shah began her career as an Associate Attorney at Shearman & Sterling, a New York law firm, where she spent eight years providing advice and supervising transactions including those involving financing of pipeline and power plant companies.
She joined Total SA in 2002 as a Legal Counsel in the E&P mergers and acquisitions team. In 2008 she joined the New Business team, where she was responsible for business development in Australia and Malaysia. She held this position until 2011, when she moved to Yangon as General Manager, Total E&P Myanmar.
On July 1, 2014, she was appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Exploration & Production.
On September 1, 2016, she is appointed Executive Vice President, People & Social Responsibility and member of Total's Executive Committee.
Namita Shah is a graduate of Delhi University, New Delhi and has a postgraduate degree in Law from the New York University School of Law, USA.
*Effective April 2, 2015, the Management Committee has been replaced by the Group Performance Management Committee.