Philippe PETITCOLIN

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Philippe Petitcolin
Philippe Petitcolin

Expertise and experience

Born in 1952, Philippe Petitcolin holds a degree in mathematics and is a graduate of the Centre de Perfectionnement aux Affaires (CPA) business school.

He 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 then 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 served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morpho and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sagem. From December 2014 to July 2015, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Morpho.

On April 23, 2015, he was named Chief Executive Officer of Safran

Current offices

  • Safran:

• Chief Executive Officer and Director of Safran effective April 23, 2015

Non-Group:

• Vice-Chairman of GIFAS since July 2015

  • Director of Belcan Corporation (US) since September 2015 
  • Board member of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) (Belgium) since April 2015