After his graduation from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and College des Ingénieurs, he joined Air Liquide Group in 1986 as Start-up Engineer in France. He worked in the various functions in engineering until 1992.
Then, he joined Air Liquide America Corp. in United States, where he held various positions, rising to senior vice president in change of Industrial Merchant Business Unit.
From 2002 to 2004, he assumed the function of Vice-President Strategy & Acquisitions for the Air Liquide Group at Head Office in France. From 2005 until his appointment to the Lurgi Executive Board he served as Director European Integration & Development.