Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations
Marc Ventre
Marc Ventre

Expertise and experience

Born in 1950, Marc Ventre is a graduate of École Centrale de Paris and holds a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined Snecma in 1976, where he held various positions related to materials science, in the Quality Department at the Corbeil site. From 1979 to 1980, he worked at General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati in the United States, where he represented Snecma in connection with the development of the CFM56 engine, produced jointly by the two joint venture partners.

From 1981 to 1988, after an assignment at the site in Villaroche, Marc Ventre became head of the Quality Department at the Snecma plant in Gennevilliers.

He was Deputy Director of Production at Snecma from 1988 until 1991 when he was appointed as Director of the Snecma plant in Gennevilliers. In 1994, he took up the position of Director of Production and Procurement at Snecma thus covering all the industrial sites and procurement of all supplies by Snecma during the restructuring of Snecma's industrial plants and the ramp-up of CFM56 engine production.

In 1998, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hispano-Suiza, then of Snecma Services (a company created specifically to develop airplane engine maintenance services) from 2000 to 2003, before being appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Snecma. At the end of 2006, he joined Safran as Executive Vice-President of the Aerospace Propulsion business including the activities of Snecma, Turbomeca, Microturbo, Snecma Propulsion Solide and Techspace Aero.

He was Chairman of the Governing Board of Clean Sky from February 2008 to December 2010.

He was a member of the Executive Board of Safran between July 2009 and April 2011.

From January 2011 to June 2013, he was in charge of the Civil Aviation Research Council (CORAC). He also served as President of the Alumni Association and remains a Director of École Centrale de Paris.

Marc Ventre is also a member of the office and Board of the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS) and has been Vice-Chairman of GIFAS since July 2013.

On April 21, 2011 he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations of Safran by the Board of Directors.


Current offices

  • Safran :
    • Deputy Chief Executive Officer: Safran
    • Director: Techspace Aero (Belgium)
  • Non-Group :
    • Chairman: Groupe des Industries Métallurgiques de la Région Parisienne (GIM), since October 2013
    • Vice-Chairman of GIFAS, since July 2013
    • Vice-Chairman of GIFAS, since July 2013
    • Member of the Supervisory Board: Radiall(1)

(1) Listed company.

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