French-based contractor Eiffage has appointed Benoît de Ruffray as its new CEO, replacing Pierre Berger who died in October.
Ruffray will begin his role on January 18, 2016, and has been co-opted as director for the remainder of Berger’s directorship.
Ruffray (49) is a graduate of the French engineering schools École Polytechnique and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and holds a master's degree from Imperial College London.
He began his career in 1990 within the Bouygues Group, first at Bouygues Travaux Publics, where he held a variety of positions and then headed major projects, including the Beirut seafront, until 2003. In 2001 he was appointed to head Bouygues Travaux Publics Latin American area.
Between 2003 and 2007, he was CEO of Dragages Hong Kong, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, and oversaw the business activity of Bouygues Travaux Publics in the Asia Pacific area and of Bouygues Bâtiment International in Northern Asia. In 2008, he was appointed deputy CEO of Bouygues Bâtiment International.
Since March 2015, Ruffray held the position of CEO of Soletanche Freyssinet, a subsidiary of Vinci Construction.