Emeric d’Arcimoles named Chairman of the Board of Techspace Aero

Paris, December 22, 2011

Emeric d'Arcimoles was named Chairman of the Board of Techspace Aero on December 6, 2011, replacing Jean-Jacques Verdickt. Techspace Aero makes aircraft and rocket engine parts, modules and test stands. It is owned by Safran (67%), the Walloon region of Belgium, via the company Wespavia (31%), and the Belgian government, via the Société Fédérale d'Investissement et de Participation (2%). Yves Prete has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the company since January 1, 2011.

Emeric d'Arcimoles, 63, holds a doctorate in aerothermodynamics. He started his career at Snecma's military aftersales support unit in 1974, and was named head of support for the M53 combat aircraft engine (Mirage family), three years later. In 1979 he became head of the subcontracting department at Snecma's Gennevilliers plant. He took over production management for the plant in 1982, and was appointed head of the blade machining unit in 1986. In 1990 Emeric d'Arcimoles moved to Hispano-Suiza as head of the Bois-Colombes plant. He was named director of the Aircraft Equipment division in 1994, then President and CEO of Techspace Aero from 1997 to March 2001. He was then named Chairman and CEO of Turbomeca. In 2007 he added the positions of Chairman and CEO of Microturbo, also a Safran company, and Chairman of RRTM, the joint company of Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca. In April 2008 he was named Executive Vice President of the Safran group, in charge of International Development. Since June 2011, Emeric d'Arcimoles has been a senior advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Safran, Jean-Paul Herteman, and is also the Group's Vice President for Government Relations, Southwest zone.

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