Safran creates Talent Development department, headed by Gilbert Font

Paris, September 19, 2012

Safran has reorganized its Corporate Human Resources, effective September 1st, creating a Talent Development department. This new entity comprises the existing Training department, which oversees skills development for all Group employees, and a new Senior Executives department.

The objectives of this new department are to foster managerial excellence and lay solid groundwork for the future, in conjunction with Safran Corporate University, while also nurturing a shared Group culture.

Gilbert Font heads the Talent Development department, while Sabine Haman will report to him as head of the Senior Executives unit.

Sabine Haman, 45, holds a master's in business law (class of 1988) and two Master 2 degrees in business management (1989) and human resources (1990). She started her career in 1991 with the Missiles division of Aerospatiale, subsequently being named recruitment manager, deputy head of HR, training manager and then legal manager with the missile systems purchasing department in 1997. When EADS was founded in 2000, Sabine Haman created the company's talent development programs. She was named director of the Corporate Business Academy in 2005, then Vice President, Human Resources for Airbus Programs, and Vice President Corporate HR Strategy in 2010.

Gilbert Font, 60, a graduate of the HEC business school (1973) and "Sciences Po" in Paris (1975), joined the Group in 1982. He started at the Société Européenne de Propulsion (SEP), where he was named Vice President, Planning and Accounting in 1990, then CFO. In 1998 he was appointed Vice President, Management Control for the Snecma group, then Vice President for Accounting and Management Control the following year. In 2000 he because CFO and Corporate Secretary of Snecma, adding responsibility for the company's improvement plan in 2005. He was named Executive Vice President of Sagem Défense Sécurité in 2006, then Vice President, Economic and Financial Affairs for the Safran group in 2007. In May 2010 Gilbert Font was named Director of Safran Corporate University, Training and Development. He is also Chairman of the Administrative Commission of Gifas, the French aerospace industry association.

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Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has close to 60,000 employees and generated sales of 11.7 billion euros in 2011. 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 1.3 billion euros in 2011. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.
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