Patrick Déchin named SAFRAN Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

Paris, February 24, 2009

Patrick Déchin has joined the SAFRAN Group as Senior Vice President, Public Affairs.

In particular, he will represent the SAFRAN Group in relations with political and administrative authorities. He replaces Jean Besse, who left the Group at the end of 2008.

Patrick Déchin will also be Secretary for the SAFRAN Supervisory Board.





Patrick Déchin, 50, holds a post-graduate degree in public and community law, as well as a degree from the French naval academy. He joined the Lagardère group in 1985, holding several positions, including chief of staff for Jean-Luc Lagardère, from 1985 to 2003, Vice President of the Hachette Foundation, and VP Corporate Affairs. In 2006 he was named special public affairs advisor to EADS, then joined the Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance in 2008.

Patrick Déchin was also a judge at the Paris commercial court.

His book "Humeur d'un Quadra" was published in 2002.




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