Commenting on the decision, Desmarest said: "This demonstrates the Group's ability to promote from within its own talented ranks. Christophe de Margerie has been with Total for more than 30 years. We have worked together, sharing a common vision, to build a world-class company endowed with a rich culture and strong ambitions. I know that Christophe will continue to develop Total, mindful of the interests of our employees and shareholders, as well as being attentive to the concerns of our other stakeholders. As for myself, I will stay on as Chairman of the Board and will continue to help Total implement its profitable growth strategy."
The Board also decided to submit to shareholders at the May 11, 2007 Annual Meeting in Paris proposals to re-elect Messrs. Thierry Desmarest, Thierry de Rudder and Serge Tchuruk as directors for three-year terms, as well as the nomination for the same period of a Total employee shareholder representative as a member of the board.
Finally, regarding corporate governance, the Board decided to split the current Nominating and Compensation Committee into two committees, one for Nomination and Governance and another for Compensation.
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