Total's new chief to visit Moscow this week - company

The new chief executive of French oil company Total, Patrick Pouyanne, plans a visit to Moscow, arriving on Thursday, Total said.

The new chief executive of French oil company Total, Patrick Pouyanne, plans a visit to Moscow, arriving on Thursday, Total said.

Pouyanne is going to spend two days in Russia, the Total press service told Interfax without disclosing the program of the visit.

Earlier, the chairman of the Russian-French Business Council, Gennady Timchenko, had told reporters he planned to meet with Pouyanne. Early this month Pouyanne met with the chief executive and chief owner of NOVATEK (MOEX-NVTK), Leonid Mikhelson, in Paris.

Pouyanne was appointed as Total chief executive on October 22, replacing Christophe de Marjerie, who had headed the company since 2007 and was killed as a Dassault Falcon 50 corporate jet that was taking him to Paris crashed after hitting a snowplow during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport early on October 21.

The accident also killed the plane's three-member crew.

Pouyanne had headed Total's oil refinement division before being put at the head of the company, which has been doing business in Russia since 1989.

Read more: Questions over oil cooperation after Total CEO dies in Moscow plane crash


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