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François Lepot has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Safran Aero Boosters

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François Lepot has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Safran Aero Boosters with effect from February 2019, as Yves Prete leaves for retirement.


François Lepot began his career in 1992 at steel makers Cockerill-Sambre as manufacturing process engineer.


He went on to join Techspace Aero[1] in 1993 as an engineer in the Research Department. In 1995 he took up the role of Project Manager on the development of the CFM56-7 of CFM International[2] and then is on secondment to General Electric and Snecma. In 1998, he became Technical Brand Manager for the General Electric and Pratt & Whitney engine programs. In 2000, he took on responsibility for a production unit. In 2006, he became Senior Vice President, Operations in charge of production, supply chain and investments.


François Lepot, 49, graduated from the University of Liège in 1992 with a degree in civil electromechanical engineering, specializing in aerospace engineering.


[1] Now Safran Aero Boosters

[2] CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.



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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 Group has 70,000 employees and generated sales of 17.4 billion euros in 2015. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC40 index, as well as the Euro Stoxx 50 European index.

Safran Aero Boosters designs, develops and produces low-pressure compressors, as well as equipment and test cells for aircraft and rocket engines. The company’s equips most current commercial airplanes, as well as Europe’s Ariane launch vehicle.

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