Safran names Jean-Michel Hillion Senior Vice President for Boeing Programs
Paris, October 31, 2013
Jean-Michel Hillion has been named Safran Corporate Senior Vice President, Boeing Programs. He replaces Norbert Gaillard, who has retired.
Mr. Hillion reports to Marc Ventre, Safran Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations, and will be in charge of supervising, coordinating and developing the Group's business with Boeing.
Jean-Michel Hillion, 51, graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d'Electronique de l'Ouest electronics engineering school (1986) and holds an MBA from IAE in Paris (1991).
Jean-Michel Hillion joined the Group in 1988, as head of production testing for Elecma, the electronics division of Snecma at the time. He then created the commercial aircraft FADEC repair workshop when the A320 entered service, prior to taking charge of FADEC 2 development for the A340 CFM engine. In 1993 he was named head of commercial aircraft programs at Elecma. He took part in the creation of Snecma Control Systems in 1998, being named head of business development. In 2001 he joined Messier-Bugatti as director of programs for the Hydraulics and Braking Control divisions. Jean-Michel Hillion was subsequently named director of these Messier-Bugatti divisions. He moved to Sagem in September 2008 to direct the creation of Safran Electronics, then was named head of this division in February 2009.
Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Group has 62,500 employees and generated sales of 13.6 billion euros in 2012. 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 1.6 billion Euros in 2012. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index.
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