Christophe de Margerie died in a plane accident at about midnight Tuesday in Moscow when his plane crashed into a snowplow driven by someone who was drunk.
Christophe de Margerie (6 August 1951 – 20 October 2014) was a French businessman and the CEO of oil company Total S.A.
He was born in Mareuil-sur-Lay (France) on 6 August 1951. His mother got married again with Pierre-Alain Jacquin de Margerie, who adopted him. Christophe de Margerie is half-brother of Victoire de Margerie, current CEO of Rondol.
Christophe de Margerie joined the Total Group after graduating from the ESCP Europe in Paris in 1974. He started working for Total in the Finance Department and Exploration & Production division.
He became President of Total Middle East in 1995 before joining the group’s Executive Committee as President of the Exploration & Production division in May 1999. In January 2002 he became President of the Exploration & Production division of Total.
He was appointed a member of the Board of Directors on 12 May 2006 and became CEO of on 14 February 2007. From 21 May 2010, he served as Chairman of the company.
Christophe de Margerie died in an air crash in Moscow in October 2014. The aircraft hit a snowplow on take-off.