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Safran : Strong operational execution brings resilience in H1 2020

Paris, July 30, 2020


  • Safran activities held up well in Q1 but strongly impacted in Q2
  • Rapid and proactive approach to adapt all costs and preserve liquidity of the Group
  • Group transformation agreement signed in France to deal with the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis

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Philippe Petitcolin talks about the future of aeronautics at the Aviation Summit

At Aviation Summit 2020, Andreas Scheuer, Germany's Federal Minister of Transport, invited his European Union counterparts to talk about the future of the aeronautics sector with representatives from the industry's leading firms, airlines, and airports.

Philippe Petitcolin, CEO of Safran, alongside the French Minister for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, spoke at the round table on the environment.

Safran ranked 4th favorite company of French engineering students

International polling firm Universum has published its 2020 ranking of the most attractive companies for students in their final year at engineering and business schools in France. For the fourth year in a row, Safran ranked 4th in the survey of engineering students and moves up ten spots in the ranking by business school students, versus last year. Safran is striving to maintain its rankings, despite the current crisis in the aviation industry.


Celeste Thomasson named Safran Corporate Secretary

Paris, July 2, 2020

Celeste Thomasson

Celeste Thomasson has been named Corporate Secretary of Safran, effective August 1, 2020. She succeeds Alex Fain, who is retiring, and becomes a member of the Executive Committee.

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Independent Director Member of the Appointments and Compensation Committee
Patricia Bellinger

Expertise and experience

Born in 1961, Patricia Bellinger, a dual US and British national, is trilingual (English, French and Spanish) and tricultural. A graduate of Harvard University, she began her career in Madrid in 1986 by founding a casting agency, and continued to work in media and communications in Spain until 1995.

She then returned to the United States to join Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), the pharmaceutical company, where she was successively Associate Director for Communications, Associate Director for Public Affairs and in 1998, Corporate Director of Culture and Diversity.

In 2000, she joined BP in London as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and served as Group Vice President and Director of the BP Leadership Academy until 2007.

In March 2011, she was appointed Executive Director of Executive Education at Harvard Business School. In August 2013, she was also appointed Executive Director and an adjunct lecturer at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School (CPL).

From September 2017 to June 2018, she was an adjunct lecturer and Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School (CPL).

Since July 2018, she has been the Chief of Staff and Strategic Advisor to the President of Harvard University.


Current offices and positions

  • Safran Group :
    • Independent Director
    • Member of the Appointments and Compensation Committee
  • Non-Group :
    • Member of the Corporate Board of the Sonepar Group
    • Independent director and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee of LBrands (listed company) (United States)
    • Member of the Board of Trustees of uAspire (until end‑June 2020) (United States)
    • Member of the Advisory Board of the non-profit organization My Life My Choice (United States)


Director representing employee shareholders
Anne Aubert

Expertise and experience

Born in 1971, Anne Aubert, a French national, has a degree in mechanical engineering from Compiègne University of Technology.

Anne Aubert has held a variety of front-line positions at Safran Seats' Issoudun plant since January 2012 and is currently head of Project Management Office Operations. She began her career with the Group managing Business Class seat programs, spending just over six years working with American, Chinese, French and Dutch airlines on Airbus and Boeing programs. She was then put in charge of the Airbus customer account, before becoming head of Project Management Office Operations in October 2019.



Current offices and positions

  • Safran Group :
    • Director representing employee shareholders
  • Non-Group : 
    • None
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