Safran Corporate Ventures is overseen by Eric Dalbiès and directed by Grégoire Aladjidi and Hélène de Cointet.

Grégoire Aladjidi, Head of Safran Corporate Ventures

Grégoire Aladjidi

Grégoire Aladjidi is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Before joining Safran in July 2014 to create Safran Corporate Ventures, he headed the Demeter 3 investment fund at Demeter Partners. Since 2001 he had been actively involved in more than 15 startups and innovative small businesses as an invester at Demeter Partners, TechFund and Galileo Partners. Previously, he was co-founder of TempoSoft, a software publishing startup that was acquired by Oracle. He is co-author of the book "Les Business Models de la Nouvelle Economie" (published by Dunod, 1999).

Grégoire Aladjidi holds degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique (1993) and the Ecole des Mines de Paris (1995) engineering schools.

Hélène de Cointet, Co-head of Safran Corporate Ventures

Hélène de Cointet

Hélène de Cointet joined the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Safran in 2010, leading a number of acquisition, divestment and JV projects for Group companies. Previously, Hélène de Cointet was with KPMG Corporate Finance for nine years, in the corporate valuation and mergers & acquisitions departments, and with CIC Securities for four years, as financial analyst for the aerospace and electronics sectors.

Hélène de Cointet holds a graduate management degree from Paris IX-Dauphine university (1997) and a degree from the financial analysts training center (2000).

Nicolas Franck, Investment manager of Safran Corporate Ventures

Investment Manager Safran Corporate Ventures -
Safran Corporate Ventures

Nicolas Franck joined Safran Corporate Ventures on November 1, 2016, after 18 years at Safran Aircraft Engines (formerly Snecma). He held various positions at the Technical Division (Engine Performance Department), the Space Engines Division (Head of improvement initiative, Black Belt), and the Industrial Division (Lean & Progress Director, then Head of Turbine Blade Casting Unit).

Nicolas Franck graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris (1998) and from Cranfield University with a MSc in Aerodynamics (1998).


The Safran Corporate Ventures team works closely with the Group's technical and business experts, benefiting from their expertise and experience in analyzing business cases and creating shared value between the startups in its portfolio and Safran.

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