The Executive Committee
Under the chairmanship of Thierry Le Hénaff, the Executive Committee is comprised of two Executive Vice Presidents in charge of the Group’s activities and four Executive Vice Presidents/Vice Presidents with functional responsibilities.
Role of the Executive Committee
Thierry Le Hénaff, who is Chairman of the Board of Directors, also holds the position of Chief Executive Officer. At his side, he has established an Executive Committee whose mission is to ensure the operational management of the Arkema group.
The Executive committee is a decision-making body that focuses on strategic matters and performance monitoring. He reviews major issues regarding organization and large projects. It meets twice a month in principle.
Chaired by Thierry Le Hénaff, the Executive Committee is comprised of:
Two Executive Vice Presidents in charge of the Group’s activities
- Pierre Chanoine, Executive Vice President, High performance materials business segment and Fluorochemicals and Hydrogen peroxide activities,
- Marc Schuller, Executive Vice President, Coating solutions business segment and Thiochemicals and PMMA (Altuglas International) activities.
Four Executive Vice Presidents/Vice Presidents with functional responsibilities
- Michel Delaborde, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Communication,
- Luc Benoit-Cattin, Vice President, Industry,
- Thierry Lemonnier, Chief Financial Officer,
- Bernard Boyer, Executive Vice President, Strategy.
Biographies of the members of the Executive Committee
Thierry Le Hénaff
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Thierry Le Hénaff, born in 1963, holds engineering degrees from École Polytechnique and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and a Master’s degree in Industrial Management from Stanford University in the United States.
Mr. Le Hénaff holds the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.
After starting his career with Peat Marwick Consultants, in 1992 he joined Bostik, Total’s Adhesives Division, where he held a number of operational positions in France and worldwide.
In July 2001, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bostik Findley, the new entity resulting from the merger of Total’s and Elf Atochem’s Adhesives divisions.
On January 1, 2003, Mr. Le Hénaff joined Atofina’s Executive Committee, where he was in charge of three business units (Agrochemicals, Fertilizers and Thiochemicals) and three functional divisions.
Mr. Thierry Le Hénaff was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arkema France on September 30, 2004 and of Arkema S.A. on March 6, 2006. Beforehand he had been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arkema France since 2004.
Vice President, Industry
Luc Benoit-Cattin, 47 years old, is a graduate of France’s École Polytechnique and École des Mines (Paris) engineering schools.
Between 1988 and 1995 he held a number of positions in administration at the French Ministry for Economy, Finance and Industry. From 1995 to 1997 he was Technical Adviser to the Minister of Industry.
In 1997 he joined the Pechiney Group as Plant Manager and later became
Head of a business unit for rolling and aluminum. In 2002 he joined CGG Veritas, where he was successively Director of Resources and Operating Performance, Director of Offshore, and, from 2009 to mid-2011, was Managing Director of Geophysical Services and a member of the Executive Committee.
As Executive Vice President Industry, Mr Luc Benoit-Cattin oversees safety, environnement, sustainable development, quality, technology & construction, process, logistics, and goods and services purchasing.
Executive Vice President, Strategy
Bernard Boyer, born in 1960, holds engineering degrees from École Polytechnique and École Nationale Supérieure des Pétroles et Moteurs.
He has spent his career working in the chemicals industry in operational positions, starting out in a factory then moving to Elf Atochem’s head office (Finance & Strategy) from 1992 until 1998.
In 1998, he joined Elf Atochem’s Adhesives affiliate as Executive Vice President. He was appointed Atofina’s Director of Acquisitions and Divestitures in 2000, then Director of Economy, Planning and Strategy, Acquisitions and Divestitures at the end of 2003.
Mr. Bernard Boyer is Executive Vice President in charge of Strategy. He oversees planning, economic studies, acquisitions/divestitures, internal audit, insurance, and risk management.
Executive Vice President, Business
Pierre Chanoine, born in 1949, is a graduate of the École Supérieure de Commerce (business school) in Reims and also holds an MBA from Sherbrooke University (Canada).
He started his career in 1974 at Elf Aquitaine. After holding a number of financial positions he joined Texas Gulf in the US in 1989, where he was in charge of commercial export development.
From 1991 to 2001 he was in charge of Corporate Planning and Strategy and then took over the Chlorine/ Caustic Soda business at Elf Atochem.
After holding a position in Spain, in 2002 he became Group President in charge of the Urea Formaldehyde Resins Business.
Mr. Pierre Chanoine is Executive Vice President, in charge of High performance materials business segment and Fluorochemicals and Hydrogen peroxide activities.
Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Communication
Michel Delaborde, born in 1956, holds a degree in economics from the Université de Paris, Sorbonne.
In 1980 he joined Total, where he was in charge of Human Resources in both the head office and refineries. After two years as Head of the Human Resources Department in the Trading & Middle-East head
office, he was in charge of communication for Total in 1996, serving as Director of Communications first for TotalFina, then for TotalFinaElf after the merger in 1999.
In 2002 he joined Atofina as Director of Human Resources and Communication and was appointed to Atofina’s Executive Committee.
Mr Michel Delaborde is Executive Vice President in charge of human resources and communication.
Chief Financial Officer
Thierry Lemonnier was born in 1953. He is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure de Géologie in Nancy (France) and holds a master’s degree from Stanford University in the United States.
He joined Total in 1979 as an economist engineer at the Exploration/Production segment.
In 1983, he joined Total’s Finance/Treasury department.
In 1987, he was appointed Head of Downstream Affiliates Operations andin 1993 became Chief Financial Officer for Refining/Marketing.
In 2000 he was appointed Director of Chemical Affiliates Operations. He then joined Total’s Chemical branch in 2001 and was appointed to the Executive Committee, in charge of finance, controlling and accounting.
Mr Thierry Lemonnier is Chief Financial Officer. In this capacity, he oversees accounting, financial controlling, treasury, legal, financial communication, taxation, and IT.
Executive Vice President, Business
Marc Schuller, born in 1960, is a graduate of the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales. He joined Orkem in 1985 as acrylics product manager.
In 1990 he joined the Strategy Segment of Total Chimie and in 1992 he became Deputy Managing Director of the Structural Resins department at Cray Valley. In 1995, he was appointed Sales Director — Petrochemicals/Special Fluids at Total, and later Director, Base Petrochemicals at TotalFina.
In 2000, Mr. Schuller was appointed Director of Atofina’s Butadiene/Aromatics BU, and special project manager for the Chairman. In 2003, he became Director of the Thiochemicals and Fine Chemicals BU.
Mr Marc Schuller is Executive Vice President in charge of the Coating solutions business segment and Thiochemicals and PMMA (Altuglas International) activities. He also oversees Raw Materials and Energy Procurement.