Chief Executive Officer and Director
Thomas Laisné / Safran
Expertise and experience
Born in 1952, Philippe Petitcolin holds a degree in mathematics and is a graduate of the Centre de Perfectionnement aux Affaires (CPA) business school.
Philippe Petitcolin began his career in 1978 as export manager for Europrim before becoming an export area manager for Filotex, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Alstom. In 1982 he was appointed Aviation Sales Director for Chester Cable in the United States before returning to Filotex in 1984 as Export Director.
In 1988 he joined Labinal as Deputy Sales Director before being appointed Sales and Marketing Director of the company's Aeronautical Systems Division and subsequently its Managing Director in 1995.
Between 1999 and 2001 he was General Manager of Labinal's Filtrauto division, also serving as General Manager of the friction materials business after the division was bought by Valeo. In May 2001, he was named Chief Executive Officer of Labinal (now Safran Electrical & Power), before being appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in November 2004. He was then appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Snecma (now Safran Aircraft Engines) in 2006.
Between 2011 and 2013, he served as President of Safran's Defense and Security businesses, and then Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Safran Electronics & Defense.
From July 2013 to December 2014, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Safran Identity & Security and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Safran Electronics & Defense.
He subsequently served as Chairman of Safran Identity & Security from December 2014 to July 2015.
On April 23, 2015, Philippe Petitcolin was appointed as a Director of Safran at the Company's Annual General Meeting and then Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors on the same day.
Also on April 23, 2015, he became a Board member of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD).
In July 2015, Philippe Petitcolin was appointed Vice-Chairman of GIFAS (Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales) and in September 2015, he was appointed as a Director of Belcan Corporation, an engineering services company.
He is also a Non-Executive Director of EDF since May 2019, and of Pernod Ricard since November 2019.
- Chief Executive Officer: Safran
- Director: Safran
- Vice-Chairman: GIFAS
- Belcan Corporation (United States)
- EDF(1) (also a member of the Strategy Committee)
- Pernod Ricard(1) (also a member of the Compensation Committee)
- Board member: the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) (Belgium)
(1) listed company