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Odile Desforges

Safran Independent Director Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

Expertise and experience

Born in 1950, Odile Desforges is a graduate of the École Centrale Paris engineering school.

She began her career as a Research Analyst at the French Transport Research Institute (Institut de recherche des transports). In 1981, she joined the Renault group as planning officer for the Automobile Planning Department before becoming product engineer on the R19, and then for the M1 range (1984-1986). In 1986, she moved to the Purchasing Department as Head of the Exterior Equipment Unit. She was later appointed Director of Body Hardware Purchasing for the joint Renault Volvo Car Purchasing Organization in 1992, and for Renault alone in 1994. In March 1999, she became Executive Vice-President of the Renault VI-Mack group, in charge of 3P (Product Planning, Product Development, Purchasing Project). In 2001, she was appointed President of AB Volvo's 3P Business Unit.

In 2003, Odile Desforges became Senior Vice-President, Renault Purchasing, Chair and CEO of the Renault Nissan Purchasing Organization (RNPO) and a member of the Renault Management Committee.

From 2009 to July 2012, she was Director of Engineering and Quality, and a member of Renault's Executive Committee.

She retired on August 1, 2012.


Current offices

  • Safran :
    • Director: Safran


  • Non-Group :
    • Director:
      • Dassault Systèmes(1) (also a member of the Audit Committee)
      • Johnson Matthey plc(1) (also a member of the Audit Committee, the Nomination Committee and the Management Development and Remuneration Committee) (United Kingdom)
      • Faurecia(1) (also Chair of the Audit Committee)
      • Imerys(1) (also a member of the Strategy Committee)


(1) Listed company.


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