NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7 – Total Kenya Limited has appointed Jean Philippe Torres, a French national as chairman of the board effective September 5, 2018.
He takes over from Jean Christian Bergeron another French national who has resigned from the position he has held since September 2015.
No reason for his resignation has been disclosed.
Torres is a finance graduate of the University of Lille, obtained a masters in finance from the Ecole Superieure de commerce de Tours in France and a Master of Science in Management from the IESEG school of Management, Lille.
He started his work career as an analyst in the French Ministry for Economy and Finance.
He joined the Total group in 1992 as a Financial Controller in the Combustible Fuels Division of Elf Antar France; in 1993, he moved to Elf Raffinage Distribution as treasurer in charge of the African affiliates.
In 1995, he was the Sales and Marketing Manager for Elf Oil Zaire and went on to hold a similar position in Senegal in 1997. Thereafter in 1999, he was appointed General Manager of Total Benin and in 2004 managing Director of Fina Congo.
In 2007, he was appointed Strategy and M&A Senior project Manager, Strategy & Development Division, Total Reffinage Marketing, Paris. In 2011, he was appointed General Manger Retail and Fuel Cards of Total Germany.
In 2014, Torres became the Executive Vice- President North & Central America of Total Marketing & Services, Americas Division.
He was appointed to the Board of Total Nigeria in 2016.
Total Kenya reported a 23 percent growth in profit for the year ending December 31, 2017 to Sh2.7 billion with net sales going up 25 percent to Sh111 billion owing to increase in both sales volume and international oil prices