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Total Moves Quickly to Name Patrick Pouyanné CEO

Total SA ’s board of directors on Wednesday named refining and chemicals head Patrick Pouyanné as its new chief executive, installing a company veteran to navigate the oil major through a period of sliding oil prices and uncertain politics in Russia, where it has made a large bet.

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Crisis of the Week: Johnson Controls CEO’s Affair

Johnson issued a statement saying Chief Executive Alex Molinaroli will stay in his job and has the full support of the board. Mr. Molinaroli sent an email to company employees acknowledging the affair, and told them the matter was “closed” and they should focus their “energy and attention on our future.” How effective were these statements in resolving the issue? Were they enough to satisfy investors and employees?

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French Oil Co. CEO Killed in Moscow Plane Crash

As employees of the French company mourn the loss of their CEO Christophe de Margerie, the company must quickly and efficiently put their succession plan into place. de Margerie's plane crashed after hitting a snow removal truck during takeoff at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport.

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