Total's new boss promises stability after CEO death

 
The new head of French energy major Total promised today "continuity and stability" after the death of the company's chief executive in a Moscow plane crash earlier this month.
"My objective is mainly continuity and stability. My main message -- we are a strong company," Patrick Pouyanne said at the Oil and Money conference in London in his first public appearance since he was nominated chief executive of one of the world's biggest energy companies last week.
The 51-year-old's predecessor, Christophe de Margerie, was killed on October 20 along with three crew members when their private jet hit a snowplough as it was taking off.