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TOTAL MAN: In His 10th Year, Emperor Patrick Gets Three More

The board of directors of TOTALEnergies has unanimously approved the continuation of Patrick Pouyanné’s work as the company’s Chairman and CEO, for another term of three years.

First, the combined shareholders of the company, at the annual general meeting, “approved the renewal of the three-year terms, as Directors, of Patrick Pouyanné, Jacques Aschenbroich and Glenn Hubbard”, as a well as the “appointment for a three-year term of Marie-Ange Debon as Director”.

Then the board of directors meeting, at the end of the shareholders’ meeting, unanimously confirmed its decision to reappoint Mr. Patrick Pouyanné as Chairman and CEO for the duration of his term of office as Director.

With this new term, Pouyanné is heading for thirteen years in office as CEO of Europe’s largest oil and gas supermajor and one of the most powerful men in global business.

Pouyanné succeeded Christophe de Margerie, who died tragically in an airplane accident in Moscow on the night of October 20-21, 2014.

In the 10 years since he took charge, he has been as bullish on the African asset as his predecessor.  Whie the late de Margerie bought into Uganda and commissioned a string of FPSOs in Angola and Nigeria, Pouyanné has been unafraid to venture in the wild frontier, establishing new exploration hubs in deepwater South Africa and Namibia and edging off ENI as the lead African explorer.

He has come across as the most vocal CEO of any of the five oil majors and he is the only one who speaks like he’s actually drilling the well himself.

In off -the- record comments on the sidelines of industry events, Pouyanné is often described as emperor, czar, or King, in a way that refers to someone with unquestioned authority, even if the remarks are always made in a positive light.

Pouyanné had spent only 17 years in TOTAL when he was put in charge. He started in the company as Chief Administrative Officer of the Angolan subsidiary in 1997, from where he became Group Representative in Qatar and CEO of TOTAL E&P Qatar in 1999, after which he was named Senior Vice President, Finance, Economics and Information Systems in Exploration & Production in August 2002, clearly a leap towards the very top of the senior management.

In January 2006, he became Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and R&D in Exploration & Production. He 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, he became President, Refining & Chemicals and member of the Executive Committee.

At the time he was appointed TOTAL’s CEO, in 2014, the board also named Thierry Desmarest as interim Chairman of the Board of Directors. When Mr. Desmarest retired in 2015, in accordance with the age limits stipulated in the Group’s bylaws, the positions of Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer were recombined and put in the care of Patrick Pouyanné.

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