Total S. A. was founded in 1924 and Mr. Patrick Pouyanné is the current CEO for it. It is headquartered in Courbevoie, France.
The company took birth after the First World War when the then president of France rejected the partnership of Total S.A with Royal Dutch Shell. Total has a joint venture with oil major Saudi Aramco in which it holds 37.5% of stake. Total is also engaged in developing the Kashgan oilfield along with ENI along the Caspian Sea. In 2014, Total became the first company in UK to get an exploration right for shale gas which is the gas contained in the impermeable rocks. The company operates mainly on three segments which are ‘Exploration & Production (E&P)’, ‘Refinery & Petrochemicals (R&P)’ and ‘Marketing & Services’. This implies that Total is engaged in the overall extraction, development and sales of oil & gas. The company operates in more than 130 countries and has about 100,307 employees.