Christian Mari named Chairman and CEO of SEM MB
Paris, April 21, 2010
Christian Mari was today named Chairman and CEO of SEM MB (Société d'Equipements des Matériels Martin-Baker), replacing Jean-Pierre Ledey, who has retired.
An equally-owned subsidiary of the Safran group of France and Martin-Baker Engineering of the U.K., SEM MB is the leading French specialist in ejection seats. It has delivered more than 5,300 of these seats to date, saving the lives of 666 pilots.
In addition to this new position, Christian Mari retains his current function as Chief Operating Officer of Messier-Bugatti, also a Safran company, a position he has held since March 2008.
Christian Mari, 58, holds doctoral degrees in fluid mechanics and applied mathematics, and graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon engineering school. He joined the Safran group in 1978, where he was chief design engineer for cooled turbine blades, then head of the Quality methods department, and deputy director of Quality at Snecma. In 1993 he moved to Group headquarters as Vice President for Human Resources, before being named head of the Research & Advanced Technologies division in 1995. In 2000 Christian Mari was named head of R&T programs at Snecma, then moved to the same position for the Group in August 2002. In November 2004 he was named Chairman and CEO of Teuchos, the Group's engineering services company, before being appointed Chief Operating Officer of Messier-Bugatti in March 2008.
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 54,900 employees and generated sales exceeding 10.4 billion euros in 2009. 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 1.1 billion euros in 2009. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is part of the SBF 120 and Euronext 100 indexes.
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