Expertise and experience
Born in 1954, Ross McInnes has dual French and Australian nationality and is a graduate of Oxford University. He started his career in 1977 with Kleinwort Benson, first working in London then in Rio de Janeiro. In 1980, he joined Continental Bank (now Bank of America), holding several positions in the corporate finance arm, first in Chicago and then in Paris.
He joined Eridania Beghin-Say in 1989, being named Chief Financial Officer in 1991, then a member of the Board of Directors in 1999. The following year, Ross McInnes joined Thomson-CSF (now Thales) as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, assisting in the group's transformation. In 2005 he moved to PPR (now Kering) as Executive Vice President for Finance and Strategy. He was appointed to the Supervisory Board of Générale de Santé in 2006, serving as acting Chairman of the Management Board from March to June 2007. From 2007 to 2009, he was also Vice Chairman of Macquarie Capital Europe, specialized in infrastructure investments.
Ross McInnes joined Safran in March 2009, and was named Executive Vice President, Economic and Financial Affairs in June. From July 2009 to April 2011 he was a member of the Executive Board, then from April 2011 to April 2015 he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
On February 25, 2015, within the framework of economic diplomacy, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, appointed Ross McInnes as Special Representative for economic relations with Australia.
On April 23, 2015 he was named Chairman of the Board of Safran.
In November 2016 the French Prime Minister named Ross McInnes "Ambassador" for an initiative designed to offer advice to foreign companies who plan to set up operations in the greater Paris area (Ile-de-France), within the scope of a program that aims to boost France's attractiveness.
Ross McInnes was appointed to the High Committee for Corporate Governance, after being nominated by AFEP (French Association of Large Companies) and Medef (French employers' union) in November 2016.
Ross McInnes is also a Non-Executive Director of IMI plc and Eutelsat.
- Safran :
• Chairman of the Board: Safran
• Non-executive Director: Eutelsat Communications(1) (also Chairman of the Audit Committee)
• Non-executive Director: IMI plc(1) (also Chairman of the Audit Committee)
(1) Listed company