Marc Sorel named National Delegate for the Safran group in Russia

Paris, December 23, 2010

Marc Sorel has been named Safran's National Delegate for Russia, based in Moscow, effective January 1, 2011. He joins the Group's International Development department and will report to Emeric d'Arcimoles, Executive Vice President for International Development. Marc Sorel replaces Patrick Barraquand, who will take another management position within the Group.

Marc Sorel, 41, holds degrees from the Ecole Supérieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées (1992) and the University of Paris I-La Sorbonne (1993). He started his career with the French Ministry of Finance as Deputy to the Commercial Advisor for Belarus, and commercial attaché for Russia. In 1997 he joined Thales Avionics as local representative, subsequently being named head of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) department for Russia and France. In 2003 he was named Representative for Russia and Vice President of Thales International. From 2005 until this recent appointment, he was director of space programs for Thales Aerospace Division – France.

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Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has 55,000 employees and generated sales exceeding 10.4 billion euros in 2009. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.1 billion euros in 2009. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is part of the SBF 120 and Euronext 100 indexes.

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