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Born on July 16, 1938 Philippe Desmarescaux is graduated from the higher national school of chemistry of Paris and is Doctor in physics.
His career started as a Research Attaché at the National Centre for Scientific Research in 1961 (CNRS, France). He joined the Rhône-Poulenc Group in 1963 as an engineer in the Research Department of PROGIL. In 1974 he became Research Director in the Agrochemical Division of Rhône-Poulenc. He was then Director of Marketing and Exports (1977) before being President of the Agrochemical Division in 1979.
In 1980, Philippe Desmarescaux became Member of the Rhône-Poulenc Group's Executive Committee. He has been President and later Chairman of the Agrochemical Sector of the company (1980-1996). Chairman of Chemicals Sector (1991-1997), Chairman of the Group's American subsidiary Rhône-Poulenc Inc. from1986 to1997, he became President of the Rhône-Poulenc Group in 1992.
Chairman of the board of the Lyon teachers’ training college (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon) from 1994 to 2000, Philippe Desmarescaux chairs the Scientific Foundation of Lyon and the World Life Sciences Forum, BioVision since 1998.
Philippe Desmarescaux is also:
- Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour medal)
- Chairman of the Société Française de Chimie (French company of chemistry)
- Chairman of various companies (SEB Group, Auriga, Innate Pharma, Therascope, Chrysalon …)