Patrick Pouyanné is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and an engineer of the French Corps des Mines. Mr Pouyanné has held various positions in the French Industry Ministry and in ministerial offices from 1989 to 1996, 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. Mr Pouyanné joined Total in January 1997, as Chief Administrative Officer of Total E&P Angola and became Group Representative in Qatar in 1999. Following a number of senior roles with Total, in January 2012, Patrick Pouyanné was appointed President, Refining & Chemicals and member of the Executive Committee. On 22 October 2014, the board of Directors of Total appointed Patrick Pouyanné Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Committee and on 29 May 2015, he was elected as Member of the Board of Directors of Total. On 19 December 2015, Patrick Pouyanné was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors.