Didier HOUSSIN, Chairman and CEO
A graduate of the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (1977) and the École Nationale d'Administration (1983), Didier Houssin worked in international roles at the French Ministry of Industry from 1983 to 1987, before being seconded to Total until 1990. He then served as Deputy Director of Economic and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Industry, followed by Director of Energy and Mineral Resources from 1997 to 2004, before being appointed Managing Director of BRGM.
From July 2007 to October 2012, he was Director of Energy Markets and Security at the International Energy Agency (IEA). He was responsible for analyzing the energy markets, in particular the oil, gas, electricity and renewable energies markets, and security of supply.
From December 2012 to March 2015, he was Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology at the IEA. In this role, he was responsible for the development of low-carbon technologies and the energy transition (ETP scenarios up to 2050, technological road maps, carbon capture and storage, the IEA's international R&D network). Didier Houssin has been IFPEN’s Chairman and CEO since April 2015.
Pierre-Henri BIGEARD, Executive Vice-President Research and Innovation
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, he was appointed Director of the Development Division.
In 2000, Pierre-Henri Bigeard became Head of the Rueil-Solaize Transfer project. In 2004, he was appointed Special Assistant within General Management, then Director of the IFPEN Lyon site in 2005. He has been 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 Administration and Management of Subsidiaries
Éric Lafargue is a graduate of ENSG Nancy (French National School of Geology in Nancy) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs (ENSPM, now 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. From 1998 to 2002, he was seconded to 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, where he was responsible for managing the portfolio of subsidiaries and stakeholdings. He was made Deputy Director in 2007, then Director in 2009.
Since 2017, Éric Lafargue has been Executive Vice-President responsible for industrial development, subsidiary management and legal, economic and financial affairs.
Nathalie ALAZARD-TOUX, Director of the Industrial Development Business Unit
Nathalie Alazard-Toux is a graduate of ENSG Nancy (French National School of Geology in Nancy) and ENSPM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs, now IFP School), where she specialized in Economics and Business Administration.
She joined IFPEN’s Economics Department in 1990, where she conducted a number of studies in the field of exploration-production. In 1993, she moved to the Strategy, Economics and Program Division where she contributed to strategic studies and the monitoring of upstream oil and gas R&D programs.
In 2000, Nathalie Alazard-Toux was appointed Head of the Growth Division’s Marketing and Market Monitoring Department. In 2002, she was appointed Director of the Economic Studies Division, then Director of the Economics and Information Watch Division in 2008.
In 2017, she joined the Industrial Development Business Unit as Deputy Director before being made Director in 2018.
Jean-Pierre BURZYNSKI, Director of the Process Business Unit
Jean-Pierre Burzynski is a graduate of the École centrale de Lyon and holds a graduate research degree in fluid mechanics. After beginning his career at Air Liquide, he joined IFPEN’s Process Engineering Division in 1986 where he was successively R&D project manager, head of department and then Director from 1999.
In 2004, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Refining-Petrochemicals Technology Business Unit, subsequently renamed the Process Business Unit. He has been Director since 2009.
Gaëtan MONNIER, Director of the Transport Business Unit
Gaëtan Monnier, a graduate of the École centrale de Lyon and ENSPM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs, now IFP School), joined IFPEN in 1989 as a research engineer and contributed to engine development projects, working in close partnership with motor vehicle and equipment manufacturers.
He took over at the helm of the Engine Technologies Department in 1997, and became Director of the Energy Applications Techniques Division in 2002. In September 2008, he was appointed Executive Vice-President of the company D2T and Head of Industrial Operations. He came back to IFPEN in 2012 as Director of the Transport Business Unit.
Catherine RIVIERE, Director of the Energy Resources Business Unit
Catherine Rivière is an engineer who graduated from ENSIMAG (École nationale supérieure d’informatique et de mathématiques appliquées de Grenoble - Grenoble School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics). She joined IFPEN in 1983 as a research engineer based in the Reservoir Engineering Division where she worked on the development of numerical simulation models.
In 1992, she moved to the Research and Development Division as special assistant. In 1994, she was appointed associate director of Exploration Reservoir, and subsequently deputy director in 1996. In 2001, she left IFPEN to take over as CEO of the subsidiary TECH’advantage.
From 2007 to 2017 she was CEO of GENCI, the company responsible for implementing national policy in France relative to the provision of high-performance computing tools for public research.
Since 2017, Catherine Rivière has been Director of the Energy Resources Business Unit.
Véronique RUFFIER-MERAY, Human Resources Director
Véronique Ruffier-Meray graduated in industrial chemical engineering from CNAM (Conservatoire national des Arts et Métiers). In 1982, she joined IFPEN’s Thermodynamics Department. Following a 2-year secondment to Elf from 1990, she returned to IFPEN as a research engineer in the Thermodynamics and Molecular Modeling Department; she led the same department from 2001 to 2010.
In 2010, she moved to the Strategy Division as Special Assistant. In 2012 she was appointed Director of the Applied Chemistry and Physical Chemistry Division. Véronique Ruffier-Meray has been Human Resources Director since 2018.
Christine TRAVERS, Dean of IFP School and Director of the Education and Training Business Unit
Christine Travers has a PhD in petroleum sciences and is a graduate of the Ecole nationale supérieure de chimie de Rennes and ENSPM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs, now IFP School).
She began her career in 1982 as an R&D engineer in the Kinetics and Catalysis Division at IFPEN. From 1994 to 2001, she was a teacher and researcher at IFP School/IFPEN, professor at IFP School and head of the DEA (graduate research degree) in Chemical Kinetics with the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC). From 2001 to 2006, she held the position of head of the Refining-Engineering-Gas program at IFP School. Following a secondment to Shell, in 2007 she was appointed Director of the Refining-Petrochemicals-Gas Center at IFP School, then in 2015, Director of Refining-Chemistry at IFP Training.
She was appointed Dean of IFP School and Director of the Education and Training Business Unit in 2017.