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Didier HOUSSIN, Chairman and CEO 


Didier HOUSSIN - © Hervé Thouroude

On April 2015, Didier Houssin was appointed Chairman and CEO of IFP Energies nouvelles.
Prior to that, in December 2012, he was appointed Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology at the International Energy Agency (IEA). In this role, he was responsible for the development of low-carbon technologies and energy transition (ETP scenarios to 2050, technology roadmaps, carbon capture and sequestration and the IEA's international RD&D network).
From July 2007 to October 2012, he was Director of Energy Markets and Security at the IEA. In this role, he was responsible for analyzing energy markets, in particular oil, gas, electricity and renewable energies, and overseeing security of supply.
Before joining the IEA, Mr. Houssin had wide-ranging experience in numerous posts both in the French Government and the private industrial sector.
From 1997 to 2004, he was Director of Energy and Mineral Resources in the French Ministry of Economy and Finances, and from 2004 to 2007, he was Managing Director of BRGM, the French Geological Survey, with extensive management responsibilities over the 850-strong group. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Houssin held a position in European Affairs at Total, where he was responsible for developing EU strategy.
Of French nationality, Mr. Houssin graduated from the École nationale d’administration and has a Master in International Law from Université de Paris 1 - La Sorbonne. He also has a degree in Political Science from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris.


Pierre-Henri BIGEARD, Executive Vice-President


Pierre-Henri BIGEARD - © Emmanuel Fradin

Pierre-Henri Bigeard is an engineer who graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie in Lille. He joined IFPEN in 1981 as a research engineer in the Research and Development Division. He became Project Manager in 1989 and then Head of the Pilot Units Department in 1992.  In 1995, Pierre-Henri Bigeard was appointed Director of the Development Division. In 2000, he became Head of the Rueil-Solaize Transfer project. In 2004, he was appointed Special Assistant within General Management.  In 2005, Pierre-Henri Bigeard became Director of the IFPEN Lyon site. Since 2013, he had been Executive Vice-President responsible for Scientific and Technological Research. He is Executive Vice-President responsible for Research and Innovation since 2013.
Pierre-Henri Bigeard was Chairman of the Axelera competitiveness cluster from 2011 to 2013. From 2013 to 2015, he was also President of the Axel’One collaborative innovation platform dedicated to chemistry and the environment.

 Éric LAFARGUE, Executive Vice-President


Eric LAFARGUE - © Bernard Richebé

Éric Lafargue is a graduate of ENSG Nancy (French National School of Geology in Nancy) and IFP School. In 1986, he joined IFPEN’s Geology-Geochemistry Division where he led various R&D projects relating to oil formation and its accumulation in fields.
In 1998 he joined the French Ministry of Industry (Oil and Gas Department) where he was specifically responsible for monitoring companies in the French oil-related sector. He also managed the French Oil and Gas Sector Support Fund.
In 2002, he joined IFPEN’s Industrial Development Business Unit, responsible for managing IFPEN’s portfolio of subsidiaries and stakeholdings. He was made Deputy Director in 2007 and Director in 2009.
Éric Lafargue is Executive Vice-President responsible for industrial development, subsidiary management and legal, economic and financial affairs.

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