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15 June 2022, Bordes

On 1st September 2022, Florence Gourmanel becomes Executive Vice-President, Human Resources. She succeeds Frédéric Henrion, who has been appointed to another post within the Group.



Florence began her career in 1992 as a management controller with Airbus. In 1993 she joined Technofan1 as Sales Administration Manager. In 1998, she was appointed Human Resources Manager at CIMPA. She joined Teuchos in 2000 where she served as Human Resources Manager and Human Resources Director. 

In 2010, she joined the Electrical Systems Engineering (ISE) division of Labinal2, where she was head of the Villemur-sur-Tarn site; then Director of Human Resources for the division before, in 2018, being appointed Director of Human Resources for Safran Engineering Services.

Since May 2022, she has served as Director of Social Development at Safran Helicopter Engines.

Florence Gourmanel (54) holds a Master's degree in business economics from the University of Social Sciences in Toulouse (1992).

Valentin Safir

Valentin Safir has been appointed Executive Vice-President, Programs. He succeeds Bruno Bellanger, who has been appointed to another post within the Group.

Valentin began his career in 2000 with McKinsey & Company, where he advised major industrial corporations, notably in the Asia-Pacific region, on how to improve their operational performance. He joined Labinal2 en 2010 as Director for Continuous Improvement and Supply Chain in the wiring division (Europe & Asia).

In 2013 he was named president of Matis Aerospace3 before being appointed General Manager of Safran Electrical & Power at the Villemur-sur-Tarn plant in 2015. Since October 2018, he has served as President of Safran Engineering Services.

Valentin Safir (44) is a graduate of CentraleSupélec (2000) and Cornell University (2000).

1 today Safran Ventilation Systems

2 Now Safran Electrical & Power.

3 Joint-venture of Safran Electrical & Power and Boeing, specialized in electrical wiring interconnection systems in Morocco.

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Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 76,800 employees and sales of 15.3 billion euros in 2021, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets.

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