Mr Jean-Paul Herteman elected Gifas Chairman

Mr Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman of the Safran group, was elected Chairman at the annual general meeting of the French aerospace industries association Gifas, held on 9 July 2009. Jean-Paul Herteman succeeds Charles Edelstenne, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, who was elected in 2005 and whose mandate came to its statutory end this year.

Following his election Mr Jean-Paul Herteman said: “I am particularly honoured by the trust placed in me by the Gifas Board members and by the mission I have been given to support and promote the French aerospace and defence industries and defence and security electronics. In a context of serious economic crisis and unfavourable euro-dollar parity, my entire effort will go to helping all our members come through these diffiuclt times and prepare for recovery. We shall mobilize everything in our power to ensure that our sector remains competitive, grows its market share, maintains employment levels, supports the development of programmes now underway and, most importantly, pursues a level of research and technology that will enable us to design tomorrow's equipment with the same world class excellence that our industry has always provided.⁕


Mr Louis Le Portz re-elected Commissaire Général of the Paris Air Show

Mr François Lepinoy elected chairman of GEAD

Gifas's aeronautical and defence equipment group, GEAD, elected a new Steering Committee and Executive Board at its plenary meeting held on 9 July. Mr François Lepinoy, Chairman of Daher Aerospace, was elected Chairman of GEAD. The deputy Chairmen are Pascal Sénéchal, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Dowty, and Olivier Zarrouati, chairman of the Executive Board of Zodiac Aerospace.


Jean-Michel Isaac-Dognin (Chairman and CEO of Simair) retains his mandate as Chairman of the Aéro-PME committee of Gifas, whose Vice-Chairman is Mr Thierry Voiriot, Chairman of Rellumix.
Changes to the Executive Board and Administration are as follows:

First Vice-Chairman:

•Mr Louis GALLOIS (Executive Chairman of EADS)

•Mr François LEPINOY (Chairman of Daher Aerospace)
•Mr Eric TRAPPIER (International Managing Director of Dassault Aviation)
•Mr Luc VIGNERON (Chairman and CEO of Thales)
•Mr Olivier ZARROUATI (Chairman of the Zodiac Aerospace Executive Board)

New member of the Executive:
•Mr Pierre-Eric POMMELLET (Senior Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Thales' Aeronautical Division)

New member of the Board:
•Mr Loïk SEGALEN (Managing Director of Economic and Financial Affairs at Dassault Aviation)

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