People: Air Liquide SA (AIRP.PA)
Mr. Thierry Desmarest has served as Independent Director at Air Liquide SA since May 10, 2006. He is also Chairman of the Appointments and Governance Committee and Member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company. He was previously Member of the Supervisory Board of the Company from November 2001 to May 10, 2006 and also Director of the Company from 1999 to November 2001. He spent four years managing the mines of New Caledonia before being appointed Technical Advisor at the Ministry of Industry's Cabinet in 1975, then at the Ministry of Economy's Cabinet. He joined Total in 1981 and was in charge of heading Total Algeria, then held various executive positions within Total Exploration Production, before being appointed as its Chief Executive Officer in 1989. He was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total in 1995, of Totalfina in 1999 and of Elf Aquitaine and TotalFinaElf in 2000. Mr. Desmarest was Chief Executive Officer of Total until February 2007. In May 2010 he was appointed Honorary Chairman of Total SA. He is currently Director of Sanofi-Aventis, Renault SA, Renault SAS and Bombardier Inc., among others. He graduated from Ecole des Mines de Paris in 1970 and from Ecole Polytechnique in 1966.
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