In this photo released Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, by Total and taken on June 29, 2012, Patrick Pouyanne, president of Total Refining & Chemicals division, is pictured during a visit at the Total refinery in Anvers, Belgium. (AP Photo/MYOP, Ed Alcock)
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French oil company Total has appointed refining boss Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to succeed Christophe de Margerie who was killed in a plane crash in Moscow this week. Pouyanne, 51, head of refining, had been considered as possible candidate to succeed de Margerie in the past and has a reputation as a shrewd cost-cutter.The world's fourth largest oil company also named Thierry Desmarest, a former Total CEO, as non-executive chairman. Total's choice of a man from the downstream business comes just over a year after rival Royal Dutch Shell elevated Ben van Beurden, who formerly headed the Anglo-Dutch group's refining arm, to become chief executive.
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