Member of the Appointments and Compensation Committee
Xavier Lagarde
Xavier Lagarde

Expertise and experience

Born in 1948, Xavier Lagarde is an engineer from École Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Constructions Aéronautiques (ENSICA), which became Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE) in 2007 following its link-up with École Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ENSAE). He also obtained a Master of Sciences in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

He joined Sagem in 1974 as a Research Engineer at the Avionics R&D Unit at the Pontoise Center. He later became Head of development for new generation inertial navigation systems. In 1981, he became the head of this unit.

In 1986, Xavier Lagarde became Deputy Director of the Sagem R&D Center in Argenteuil, specialized in inertial technologies and optronics, navigation, observation and weapon aiming equipment and systems primarily dedicated to naval and ground applications. In 1987, he became Director of the R&D Center in Éragny dedicated to missile guidance systems and equipment, disk memories for civil applications and bubble memories for military and space applications. From 1989 to 2001, he was Director of Human Resources of the Sagem group and, from 1999 to 2000, also Executive Director of Société de Fabrication d'Instruments de Mesure (SFIM).

In 2001, Xavier Lagarde was appointed Industrial and Quality Director of Sagem. In 2005, he held the position of Quality Director at Safran. The following year, he became Executive Vice-President of the Communications branch of Safran, which was disposed in 2008. Then, from 2009 to 2011, he was Executive Vice-President of the Group's Quality, Audit and Risk Department. He was a member of the Executive Board of Safran between 2007 and 2011 before becoming a member of the Board of Directors of Safran. Xavier Lagarde has also served on the Labor Relations Tribunal in Paris since 2005.

Xavier Lagarde has also served on the Labor Relations Tribunal in Paris since 2005.


Current offices

  • Safran :
    • Director: Safran
    • Chairman: Sagem Mobiles, since June 2013
  • Non-Group :
    • Chairman: Club Sagem
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