Mr Bie is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines engineering school in Paris. He joined the Total Group in 1974 as a geophysicist, rising to Gulf of Mexico project manager in 1982, then assistant exploration manager at Mission France in 1984.

In 1987, Mr Bie was appointed exploration manager in Nigeria and then became COO in Congo in 1992. He was vice president for project investment review, E&P segment, from 1998 to 2000. In October 2000, he was named CEO of Total E&P Nederland, and since 2004 has been CEO of Total Gabon.