Jacques Desclaux named Chairman and CEO of PowerJet

Paris, February 1, 2011 – Jacques Desclaux has been named Chairman and CEO of PowerJet, replacing Jean-Paul Ebanga.

Jacques Desclaux, 55, graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Paris engineering school.

He started his career with Alstom-Atlantique, working on industrial turbomachinery, then joined the Snecma in 1984, taking part in the development of the Vulcain cryogenic engine (which powers the main stage of Ariane 5) at the Vernon plant west of Paris. In 1993 he moved to Snecma Propulsion Solide at Bordeaux, where he was first head of the MPS program (solid rocket booster for Ariane 5), then head of the solid propulsion system for the M51 strategic missile. In 1999, he was named Vice President, Production and Engineering at G2P, a joint venture between Snecma and SNPE.

In 2000, Jacques Desclaux joined Snecma's military engine division as director of M88 operations, powerplant of the Dassault Aviation Rafale multirole fighter. From October 2003 until this latest appointment he was program and operations director then Executive Vice-President at Europrop International, the European consortium in charge of the design, development and production of the TP400 turboprop engine for the Airbus A400M military transport, comprising ITP (Spain), MTU Aero Engines (Germany), Rolls-Royce (United Kingdom) and Snecma (Safran group, France).

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PowerJet was created in July 2004 as an equally-owned subsidiary of Snecma (Safran group, France) and NPO Saturn (Russia). It is in charge of the SaM146 program, including development, production, marketing, sales and support. In April 2003, the SaM146 was chosen by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft to power the new Superjet 100 regional jet.

For more information, contact:
Antoinette Menard
Tel: +33 (0)1 69 87 09 28
Email :antoinette.menard@snecma.fr
Lyubov Kalinina
Tel:+ 7 4855 296 285
Email:lyubov.kalinina@npo-saturn.ru