In August 1940, Philippe Peschaud (1915–2006) chose to join Free France from Cameroon to follow the formidable 2nd Armoured Division led by General Leclerc from Brazzaville to Berchtesgaden. As a young train officer, he actively participated in complex logistical operations that were crucial to the allies’ progress towards victory. Deeply grateful for the teachings received during this short but very intense period of his life, he never ceased to exude an encouraging spirit to this group of men and women in the private sector that he joined after the war and by assuming for more than thirty years the presidency of the Association and then of the Fondation Maréchal Leclerc de Hauteclocque.
His wife and closest associate throughout his life, Rosette Trinquet (1920– 2015), right in the photo, a farmer’s daughter from the Gharb Plain in Morocco, also joined the Second Armoured Division, undergoing training then in Rabat to be an ambulance driver in the Rochambeau Group composed exclusively of heroic women throughout the campaign for the liberation of France.
They founded Peschaud and Cie International in 1956 and developed a new “end-to-end transport” concept for industrial projects (desalination plants, thermal plants, refineries, pipelines, water conveyance) to new destinations such as Algeria, Libya or Saudi Arabia. The first bases equipped with logistical facilities were created (Bengazi, Hassi Messaoud, Jeddha, Balikpapan etc.) to ensure deliveries to their destinations when resources were lacking.
In 1976, their son Christophe joined the company, which he took over in 1985 after living abroad for several years. With his energy, the group has come to focus more specifically on the Petroleum Logistics line of business. Exhilarating experiences have abounded in all kinds of challenging terrain: the Abu Dhabi desert, the mountains of Yemen, the banks of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar, the Tanzanian savannah, the coasts of Somalia, the marshes formed by the Nile in Sudan, the lagoons and rivers of Gabon, the equatorial forests of West Africa and the flood-prone areas of southern Chad.
In 2011, his son Georges joined the company and has held many positions abroad, becoming Deputy Managing Director of the Gabonese subsidiary in 2016.
This company, which perpetuates the bold culture created by Philippe and Rosette Peschaud, continues to tackle all kinds of increasingly complex logistical challenges, while fully respecting the rigorous operational constraints imposed by the oil industry.