Appointed, by the President of the Republic, General Director of CentraleSupélec on September 1, 2018 for a five-year term, Romain Soubeyran was previously Director General of INPI since 2016 after heading Mines ParisTech from February 2012 to October 2016. A former student of École Normale Supérieure, this General Engineer from the Corps des Mines had previously been Director of Development and Industry Relations, Deputy Director to the Director of Research from 1995 to 1997, after a former position as Director of Mines and Energy in New Caledonia. After three years at Elf Exploration Production as an engineer in geosciences, he was put in charge of geosciences in an offshore sector of intensive exploration. He then joined the Compagnie Générale de Géophysique (CGG) in 2000 as project manager, then as Director of Technology in the seismic processing branch. In 2004, he joined the Ministry of Higher Education and Research where he was Scientific Technical Advisor for three years in the office of the Minister in charge of Higher Education and Research, then Deputy Director to the Director of Research and, finally, Deputy Director to the Director General of Research and Development. In 2007, he joined CGG Veritas in Houston where he was appointed Director of Technology, then Scientific Director of the group in 2010.