Chief Executive officer (CEO) of oil company Total Christophe de Margerie on 21 October 2014 died in Moscow plane crash. He was 63.
His corporate jet collided with a snow plough and was then engulfed in flames. All four people on board were killed. The driver of the snow plough was drunk.
Christophe de Margerie was the CEO of Europe's third largest oil company since 2007. He was highly regarded within the oil industry.
Margerie was returning to Paris after a meeting with the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at his dacha near Moscow following a business leaders' meeting in Gorky. The two men had been discussing investments in Russia amid the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine and the resulting Western sanctions on the country related to the stand-off in Ukraine.
About Christophe de Margerie
Christophe de Margerie was born in France in 1951. 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.
Total S.A. is French multinational integrated oil and gas Company and one of the six super major oil companies in the world. The company has its head office in the Tour Total in the West of Paris.
Its businesses cover the entire oil and gas chain, from crude oil and natural gas exploration and production to power generation, transportation, refining, petroleum product marketing, and international crude oil and product trading.
Total is also a large-scale chemicals manufacturer.
Where: Moscow plane crash
When: 21 October 2014