People: Safran SA (SAF.PA)
Mr. Philippe Petitcolin has served as Chief Executive Officer and Director at SAFRAN S.A. since April 23, 2015. Philippe Petitcolin began his career in 1978 as export manager for Europrim before becoming export area manager for Filotex, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Alstom. In 1982, he was appointed Aviation Sales Director for Chester Cable in the US. He returned to Filotex in 1984 as export director. In 1988, he joined Labinal as deputy sales director before being appointed sales and Marketing Director of the company’s Aeronautical Systems Division and subsequently its managing director in 1995. Between 1999 and 2001 he was general manager of Labinal’s Filtrauto division, also serving as general manager of the friction materials business after the division was bought by Valeo. In May 2001, he was named Chief Executive Officer of Labinal (aviation), part of the Snecma group, before being appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in November 2004. He was then appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Snecma (Safran group) in 2006. Between 2011 and 2013, he was appointed President of Safran’s Defense and Security businesses, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sagem. From July 2013 to December 2014, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morpho and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sagem. He subsequently served as Chairman of Morpho from December 2014 to July 2015. At Safran’s Annual General Meeting of April 23, 2015, Philippe Petitcolin was appointed as a Director and then, by the Board of Directors, as Chief Executive Officer. On April 23, 2015, he became a member of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). In July 2015, Philippe Petitcolin was appointed Vice-Chairman of GIFAS (Groupement des industries françaises aéronautiques et spatiales) and in September 2015, he was appointed as a Director of Belcan Corporation, an engineering services company.
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