A Conversation with Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO, Total

May 16, 2019 - 5:15 pm

1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators
Washington, DC

From an Oil and Gas Major to a Responsible Energy Major: The Challenge and Opportunity of Climate Change

A conversation with:

Patrick Pouyanné

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer


Moderated by:

Frederick Kempe

President and CEO

Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. for a conversation with Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Total.

In a fireside chat with Atlantic Council President and CEO Fred Kempe, Patrick Pouyanné will discuss Total’s views on the challenge and opportunity of climate change as a responsible energy major.

Please join us on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20005) for what promises to be an exciting and informative discussion. This event is on-the-record and open to the media. A networking reception will take place following the event from 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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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. 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. Patrick Pouyanné thus became the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TOTAL S.A.

Fred Kempe is the president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council. Under his leadership since 2007, the Council has achieved historic, industry-leading growth in size and influence, expanding its work through regional centers spanning the globe and through centers focused on topics ranging from international security and energy to global trade and next generation mentorship.

Before joining the Council, Kempe was a prize-winning editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal for more than twenty-five years. In New York, he served as assistant managing editor, International, and columnist. Prior to that, he was the longest-serving editor and associate publisher ever of the Wall Street Journal Europe, running the global Wall Street Journal's editorial operations in Europe and the Middle East.

In 2002, The European Voice, a leading publication following EU affairs, selected Kempe as one of the fifty most influential Europeans, and as one of the four leading journalists in Europe. At the Wall Street Journal, he served as a roving correspondent based out of London; as a Vienna Bureau chief covering Eastern Europe and East-West Affairs; as chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington, DC; and as the paper's first Berlin Bureau chief following the unification of Germany and collapse of the Soviet Union.

As a reporter, he covered events including the rise of Solidarity in Poland and the growing Eastern European resistance to Soviet rule; the coming to power of Mikhail Gorbachev in Russia and his summit meetings with President Ronald Reagan; the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon in the 1980s; and the American invasion of Panama. He also covered the unification of Germany and the collapse of Soviet Communism.

He is the author of four books. The most recent, Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth, was a New York Times Best Seller and a National Best Seller. Published in 2011, it has subsequently been translated into thirteen different languages.

Kempe is a graduate of the University of Utah and has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he was a member of the International Fellows program in the School of International Affairs. He won the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism's top alumni achievement award and the University of Utah's Distinguished Alumnus Award.

For his commitment to strengthening the transatlantic alliance, Kempe has been decorated by the Presidents of Poland and Germany and by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.