Safran management appointments<br /><i>Mobility in action</i>

Paris, October 30, 2009

Xavier Sahut d'Izarn has been named Vice President, Quality at the Safran group. Xavier Sahut d'Izarn replaces Eric Dautriat, who was recently named Executive Director of the European research program Clean Sky*.

Didier Desnoyer, currently Vice President and General Manager, Operators at Turbomeca, has been named Vice President of the Military Engine Division at Snecma, replacing Xavier Sahut d'Izarn.

Bruno Even will replace Didier Desnoyer as Vice President and General Manager, Operators at Turbomeca.

These three appointments will take effect on December 1, 2009.

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Jean-Christophe Corde, currently Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti, has been named, Safran Vice President, International Development, Europe and Africa, in the Safran group's International Development division.

Alain Sauret will be appointed Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti, subject to approval by the company's Board of Directors. He will replace Jean-Christophe Corde.

Denis Vercherin, currently Executive Vice President of Snecma, will become Vice President, Production of the Safran group, replacing Alain Sauret.

These three appointments will take effect January 1, 2010, pending approval by the Messier-Bugatti Board of Directors of Alain Sauret's appointment.

* Clean Sky is a vast European research program that aims to significantly reduce the environmental impact of air transport. It has a budget of approximately 1.6 billion euros, equally funded by the European Commission and industry. Marc Ventre, Safran's Executive Vice President, Aerospace Propulsion branch, is chairman of the Clean Sky Executive Committee.

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Xavier Sahut d'Izarn, 48, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (class of 1981) and ENSTA engineering schools. He started his career in 1986 as project manager at the DCN shipyards, and was subsequently named head of the combat systems department. In 1995 he was named technical advisor to the secretary of state for research, then deputy director of the Ile de France regional council, in charge of economic development. Xavier Sahut d'Izarn returned to DCN in 1998 as Vice President, Sales of DCN Log, the services subsidiary of DCN International. In 2002 he joined the cabinet of the French Prime Minister as technical advisor in charge of industrial redeployment, SMEs, commerce and artisans. From 2004 until 2006 he was principal private secretary of the minister in charge of research. He joined Snecma in 2006 as director of large commercial engine programs, and from April 2007 until this latest appointment he was Vice President and General Manager of Snecma's Military Engine Division.
Xavier Sahut d'Izarn, Ingénieur Général de l'Armement, holds the rank of knight in the National Order of Merit.

Didier Desnoyer, 55, graduated from the Sup'Aero aeronautical engineering school (class of 1978) and holds an MS from the University of Laval in Canada. He worked at French aerospace research agency Onera (CERT facility), earning his engineering doctorate in 1982. Didier Desnoyer joined Turbomeca in 1992 after stints at Aerospatiale (tactical missile division) and Société Européenne de Propulsion (engineering, then programs and marketing). At Turbomeca, he was successively director of APU programs, then MRO. In 1997 he was named head of operator support and a member of the Board of Directors, then president of Turbomeca's dedicated support subsidiaries. From June 2008 until this latest appointment he was Vice President and General Manager, Operators at Turbomeca.

Bruno Even, 41, is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (class of 1987) and Sup'Aero (class of 1992). After holding various positions with the French defense procurement agency DGA and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Even joined Turbomeca in 1999. He was engine development project manager, then project manager for deployment of the new management information system. In January 2006 he was named Vice President, Programs.

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Jean-Christophe Corde, 56, is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (class of 1973), Sup'Aero (1978), and the Institut de Contrôle de Gestion (1986). He started his career in 1978 with French defense procurement agency DGA as a jet engine test engineer at the propulsion test center in Saclay. In 1981 he was named section leader for Microturbo turbomachinery and partial tests. He moved to the engineering department for aircraft programs in Paris as lead engineer on the M53 jet engine in 1983, then was named manager of the military jet engines group in 1985. Jean-Christophe Corde joined Snecma in 1988 as program director. In 1993 he was named quality manager at Snecma's Gennevilliers plant. After an initial stint at Messier-Bugatti in 1995 as director of the aircraft braking division, he returned to Snecma in 1998 as manufacturing director and general manager of the Gennevilliers plant. Subsequently, he was named production director (2000), then director of strategy and improvement actions (2006). In September 2006 he was named Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti. During the period 1990-91, Jean-Christophe Corde taught at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ENSAE), and was president of the association of former students from 2000 to 2005. He holds the French aeronautics medal and the rank of Knight in the National Order of Merit.

Alain Sauret, 51, holds degrees from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers engineering school (class of 1978) and the Centre de Perfectionnement des Affaires de Paris business school (1999). He joined Labinal in 1982, holding various operational positions, and participated in the international development of the company's wiring and electrical connection system business. From 2001 to 2005, Alain Sauret was managing director of the Wiring Division Europe. He was named Labinal Chief Operating Officer and Vice President and General Manager, Engineering, Technology and Strategy in 2006. In September 2007 he moved to Safran corporate headquarters as Vice President, Production.

Denis Vercherin, 55, is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris engineering school. He started his career at Snecma in 1976, taking part in the development of the CFM56-2. In 1982, he was seconded to General Electric in the United States as a representative of the engineering division, then moved to the CFM56 program with CFM International. Returning to Snecma's Villaroche plant in 1986 he was placed in charge of the GE36 nacelle, and then named design manager for the CFM56-5B program in 1989. In 1991, he was named chief engineer for the CFM56-5B, then head of the control systems and equipment division in 1996. In January 1998, he was named head of the Satellite Propulsion and Equipment unit with Snecma Moteurs' rocket engine division. He was named director of CFM56 programs in March 2000, as well as Executive Vice President of CFM International. In 2007, Denis Vercherin was named Chairman and CEO of Snecma Services. From February 2009 until this latest appointment he was Executive Vice President of Snecma.


Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defense and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has 54,500 employees and generated sales exceeding 10 billion euros in 2008. 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 1.2 billion euros in 2008. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is part of the SBF 120 and Euronext 100 indexes.

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