Mr. Thierry Desmarest "has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Total since 2007. He joined Total in 1981 as Managing Director of Total Algeria. He held various positions within Total Exploration Production ultimately becoming its President and a member of Total’s Executive Committee in 1989. He became President of the Upstream segment in January 1995, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total a few months later. Following the merger with PetroFina in 1999, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TotalFina. In 2000, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TotalFinaElf, and in 2003, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sanofi-Aventis, Air Liquide and Renault and a member of the Supervisory Board of Areva." 
- Director, Bombardier
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- Thierry Desmarest, Bombardier, accessed September 26, 2009.