Germain Hagenbach is a retired senior executive from the international oil & gas industry. His most recent active management position was as Senior Vice President Marketing and Technique at TOTAL Lubrifiants in Paris. Before his move to Paris, Germain Hagenbach was managing director of ELF Oil Deutschland GmbH in Berlin. For about nine years he was responsible for the complete sales and development activities (with the exception of the petrol stations) of ELF Oil in Germany, as well as for ELF’s German oil storage depots. He started his activities in Germany directly after the takeover of the “MINOL” state owned oil monopolist through ELF Aquitaine and was a driving factor in the integration of MINOL into the ELF Groupe. During the last years of his engagement in Berlin, Germain Hagenbach was also the Chairman of the Club des Affairs, the German-French economic society.
Prior to his transfer to Germany, Germain Hagenbach acted as Managing Director of ELF Marine Lubricants. In this position, he established a worldwide dealer network for production and distribution licencing which turned ELF into a world leader in the nautical lubricants market. Germain Hagenbach started his career for ELF as technical head of the research centre in Lyon. It was here, in the 1980s, where he was responsible inter alia for the development and international launch of STYRELF, a polymer-modified tarmac, which created a substantial business for ELF Aquitaine in the following years. Germain Hagenbach holds several patents resulting from his research activities.
Germain Hagenbach graduated as an engineer from the Grande École d’Ingénieurs Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon and as an Executive MBA from the Institut de Contrôle de Gestion, Lyon. He also received an engineering doctorate from the École Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs.