Biographies of the members of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee (COMEX) is the primary decision-making body of the Group. It implements the strategy formulated by the Board of Directors and authorizes related investments.
Christophe de Margerie
Christophe de Margerie, born in August 1951, joined the Group after graduating from the École Supérieure de Commerce in Paris in 1974. He served in several positions in the Group’s Finance Department and Exploration & Production division. He became president of Total Middle East in 1995 before joining the Group’s executive committee as the President of the Exploration & Production division in May 1999. He then became Senior Executive Vice President of Exploration & Production division of the new TotalFinaElf group in 2000. In January 2002 he became President of the Exploration & Production division of Total. He was appointed a member of the Board of Directors by the Shareholders’ Meeting held on May 12, 2006 and became Chief Executive Officer of Total on February 14, 2007. He was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total on May 21, 2010.
Philippe Boisseau graduated from France's Ecole Polytechnique engineering school and is a member of France’s engineering Corps des Mines. He began his career in 1986, serving in a number of French government ministries before joining the staff of the Minister of Defense in 1993 as an industrial affairs and R&D advisor. Mr. Boisseau joined Total in 1995 as Crude Oil Supply Manager at Total Petroleum North America, a Refining & Marketing subsidiary based in Denver, Colorado. He was subsequently appointed Product Trading Manager, Europe in Refining from 1997 to 1998. He then became Strategic Planning Manager for Argentina in Exploration & Production in 1998. The following year, he was appointed CEO of Total Austral in Argentina. He was appointed President, Middle East in Exploration & Production in March 2002. In January 2005, Mr. Boisseau was appointed to Total’s Management Committee. In February 2007, he was named President, Total Gas & Power. His role was develop the downstream segment of the natural gas chain and alternative energies (solar and biomass) to support Total's oil and gas activities. In January 2012, Mr. Boisseau was apppointed to the Executive Committee when he was named President of Supply & Marketing (subsequently renamed Marketing & Services in November of the same year). In July 2012, he was also appointed President of New Energies.
Born in June 1951, Mr. Darricarrère is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines engineering school and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), both in Paris, and also has a degree in economics. He is a Knight of the Legion of Honor. Yves-Louis Darricarrère started his career at Elf Aquitaine in 1978 in the Mining Division in Australia and later in the Exploration & Production Division. Beginning in 1984, he was successively CEO of affiliates in Egypt and Colombia, Vice President Acreage Assets, Chief Financial Officer in Exploration & Production and Chief Financial Officer in Oil & Gas. In 1998, Mr. Darricarrère was appointed Vice President Europe and United States in Exploration & Production and a member of the Management Committee of Elf Aquitaine. In 2000, he was appointed Vice President, Northern Europe in Exploration & Production at Total and a member of Total’s Management Committee. He was named a member of the Executive Committee and President of Gas & Power in September 2003, a position he held until February 2007 , when he was appointed President, Exploration & Production. In July 2012, Mr. Darricarrère was appointed President, Upstream, which comprises the Exploration & Production business and the Gas & Power Division, which he headed from January to November. He has extensive international experience, having worked in Australia, Egypt and Colombia over a ten-year period.
Jean-Jacques Guilbaud, born in September 1952, graduated in sociology and public law. He joined Total in 1981 as a legal advisor specializing in labor law. In 1985, he was appointed Industrial Relations Manager and in 1991, Real Estate Asset Manager. He served as Deputy General Manager of the Normandy refinery from 1994 to 1996 and Vice President Human Resources from 1996 to 1998. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Communications and member of the Management Committee in April 1998. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Communications of TotalFina in 1999, of TotalFinaElf in 2000 and of Total in 2003. He has been Chief Administrative Officer since 2008 and member of the Executive Committee since February 2007.
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 is 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.
Patrick Pouyanné is a graduate of French engineering schools Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines in Paris. From 1989 to 1996, he 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. He joined Total in January 1997, as Chief Administrative Officer of Total E&P Angola and became Group Representative in Qatar and CEO of Total E&P Qatar in 1999. In August 2002, he was named Senior Vice President, Finance, Economics and Information Systems in Exploration & Production. In January 2006, he became Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and R&D in Exploration & Production. Patrick Pouyanné has been a member of Total’s Management Committee since May 2006. In March 2011, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Chemicals and Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals. In January 2012, Patrick Pouyanné was appointed President , Refining-Chemicals and member of the Executive Committee.