Biographies of the Members of the Executive Committee

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Under the responsibility of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Committee is the primary division-making body of the Group. It implements the strategic orientations defined by the Board of Directors and authorizes related investments, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. Since January 1, 2020, the members of TOTAL S.A.'s Executive Committee are as follows.

Patrick POUYANNE, Directeur Général
Born on June 24, 1963 (French).
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TOTAL S.A. Director of TOTAL S.A. since the Ordinary Shareholders' Meeting of May 29, 2015. Last renewal: the Ordinary Shareholders' Meeting of June 1, 2018 until 2021. Chairman of the Strategy & CSR Committee. 
Main function: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TOTAL S.A.
A graduate of École Polytechnique and a Chief Engineer of France’s Corps des Mines, Mr. Pouyanné held, between 1989 and 1996, various administrative positions in the Ministry of Industry and other cabinet positions (technical advisor to the Prime Minister – Édouard Balladur – in the fields of the Environment and Industry from 1993 to 1995, Chief of staff 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 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 Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and R&D in Exploration & Production and was appointed a member of the Group’s Management Committee in May 2006. In March 2011, Mr. Pouyanné was appointed Deputy General Manager, Chemicals, and Deputy General Manager, Petrochemicals. In January 2012, he became President, Refining & Chemicals and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee.

On October 22, 2014, he became Chief Executive Officer of TOTAL S.A. and Chairman 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. The Board of Directors of TOTAL appointed him as Chairman of the Board of Directors as of December 19, 2015. Mr. Pouyanné thus became the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TOTAL S.A. Following the renewal of Mr. Pouyanné's directorship at the Shareholders' Meeting on June 1, 2018 for a three-year period, the Board of Directors renewed Mr. Pouyanné's term of office as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for a period equal to that of his directorship. Mr. Pouyanné is also the Chairman of the Association United Way - L'Alliance since June 2018, having accepted this office as TOTAL S.A.'s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

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Arnaud Breuillac


Born on July 2, 1958 (French).
Member of TOTAL S.A.'s Executive Committee since October 1, 2014.

A graduate of the École Centrale de Lyon, Arnaud Breuillac joined Total in 1982. He occupied various positions in Exploration & Production, in France, Abu Dhabi, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Angola, and in Refining management in France.

Between 2004 and 2006, he was the Iran director in the Middle East division. In December 2006, he became member of the Management Committee of the Exploration & Production segment, as the director of the Continental Europe and Central Asia area. In July 2010, he became the Middle East director in the Exploration & Production segment, and joined the Management Committee* in January 2011. On January 1, 2014, Arnaud Breuillac was appointed President of Total's Exploration & Production segment, and he has been a member of the Group's Executive Committee since October 1, 2014.

*Effective April 2015, the Management Committee has been replaced by the Group Performance Management Committee.

Helle Kristoffersen

Helle Kristoffersen began her career in 1989 at the investment bank Lazard Frères. In 1991, she moved to the transportation and logistics company Bolloré. In 1994, Ms. Kristoffersen joined Alcatel, where she continued her career until 2010. She served as Alcatel’s and then Alcatel-Lucent’s Senior Vice President, Strategy.

Ms. Kristoffersen joined Total in January 2011 as Deputy Senior Vice President and then Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Intelligence. On September 1, 2016, she became Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Affairs, in Gas, Renewables & Power. In 2019, Ms. Kristoffersen was appointed President, Strategy & Innovation and a Total Executive Committee member.

A dual Danish and French national, Helle Kristoffersen is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm) and the Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance (ENSAE), and holds a master's degree in econometrics from Université Paris 1. She is an alumna of the Institute for Higher National Defense Studies (IHEDN) and a Knight of the Legion of Honor.


Born on June 5, 1962 (French).
Member of TOTAL S.A.'s Executive Committee since September 1, 2016.

Bernard Pinatel is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the Institut d’Études Politiques (IEP) de Paris, and has an MBA from the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD). He is also a statistician-economist (École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique – ENSAE). He started his career at Booz Allen & Hamilton, before joining the TOTAL group in 1991, where he occupied various operational positions in the production plants and head offices of different subsidiaries, including Hutchinson and Coates Lorilleux. He became the CEO France, and then the CEO Europe of Bostik between 2000 and 2006, and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cray Valley, from 2006 to 2009. In 2010, he became the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bostik. At TOTAL, he became a member of the Group’s Management Committee in 2011 and was member of the Management Committee of Refining & Chemicals from 2011 to 2014.

When Arkema took over Bostik in February 2015, he was nominated as a member of the Executive Committee of Arkema, responsible for the High-Performance Materials activity.

He joined the TOTAL Group on September 1, 2016, and was appointed President of the Refining & Chemicals segment and a member of the Group Executive Committee.

Philippe SAUQUET, directeur général Raffinage-Chimie.

Born on September 20, 1957 (French).
Member of TOTAL S.A.'s Executive Committee since October 29, 2014.

Philippe Sauquet is a graduate of l’École Polytechnique, l’École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and of the University of California, Berkeley, United States. He started his career in 1981 as a civil engineer at the French Ministry of Infrastructure, then at the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance. He joined the Orkem Group in 1988 as the sales manager of the Acrylic Materials division. He joined TOTAL in 1990 as Vice President, Anti-Corrosion Paints, before being nominated Chemicals Strategy Vice President.

In 1997, he joined Gas & Power, where he was successively Vice President, Americas, Vice President, International, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Renewable Energies, Senior Vice President, Trading & Marketing, Gas & Power, based in London. On July 1, 2012, he was appointed President of Gas & Power, and became a member of the Group’s Management Committee at the same time.

On October 29, 2014, he took charge of the Refining & Chemicals segment and joined the Group Executive Committee. On April 15, 2016, he also became interim President of New Energies.

On September 1, 2016, he was appointed President of the newly created Gas, Renewables & Power segment. Philippe Sauquet is also a member of the Group Executive Committee.

Jean-Pierre Sbraire

Jean-Pierre Sbraire began his career at Total in 1990 in the Trading & Shipping Division. In 1995, he joined Exploration & Production, holding various positions in Paris and Nigeria in finance, economics and business development.

In 2005, he was appointed General Secretary and Finance Manager for Total in Venezuela. In 2009, he became Senior Vice President, E&P Subsidiaries Financial Operations.

In 2012, Mr. Sbraire was appointed Vice President, Equity Crude Acquisitions in Trading & Shipping. From September 2016 to September 2017, he served as Group Treasurer. He then accepted the position of Deputy Chief Financial Officer. In 2019, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Committee member.

Mr. Sbraire is a graduate of ENSTA ParisTech engineering school and has a master’s degree from IFP School.

Namita SHAH

Born on August 21, 1968 (French).
Member of TOTAL S.A.'s Executive Committee since September 1, 2016.

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. She 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 financings of pipeline and power plant companies. 

She joined TOTAL 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 was appointed President, People & Social Responsibility and member of the Executive Committee.

Alexis VOVK


Alexis Vovk began his career at Total in 1991 in the UK, in the division in charge of Refining and Marketing activities.

Following a first position in France, he pursues an international career with several technical and commercial positions in Turkey and Tunisia.

After a position at the division’s Strategy department, he is appointed Managing Director for Total in Zambia in 2007, followed by similar positions in Kenya from 2010 and in Nigeria between 2013 and 2016.

In 2016, he becomes Senior Vice President France and President of Total Marketing France, in charge of operational activities in France, notably overseeing the Group’s service-stations’ network in the country. He additionally joins the Marketing & Services Management Committee in 2019.

On January 1st, 2020, Alexis Vovk is appointed President, Marketing & Services  and a Total Executive Committee member. 

Alexis Vovk is a graduate of ESSEC Business School (1988).

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