Benoît de Ruffray, 48, 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 and in 2001 he was appointed to head Bouygues Travaux Publics' Latin American area. Between 2003 and 2007 he was CEO of Bouygues subsidiary Dragages Hong Kongand oversaw the business activity of Bouygues Travaux Publics in the Asia Pacific area and of Bouygues Bâtiment International in Northern Asia. In 2007, he was appointed deputy chief executive officer of Bouygues Bâtiment International.
Soletanche Freyssinet has 21,500 employees and generated €2.7bn (£2bn) in revenue in 2014. Five companies make up the Soletanche Freyssinet group: Soletanche Bachy (foundations and ground technologies); Menard (ground reinforcement and improvement); Terre Armée (retaining structures and prefabricated arches); Freyssinet (integrated technical solutions in construction and structural repairs); Nuvia (specialised work for the nuclear industry).