RPT-Total appoints Christophe de Margerie as CEO

PARIS Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:00pm EST

PARIS Feb 13 (Reuters) - French oil and gas giant Total (TOTF.PA) said on Tuesday it had appointed Christophe de Margerie as chief executive, replacing Thierry Desmarest who will remain non-executive chairman.

Christophe de Margerie, the head of Total's exploration and production (E&P) division, has worked at Total for 33 years.

He is 55 years old. For NEWSMAKER on de Margerie, click on [ID:nL1389500]