Safran shakes up management of subsidiaries

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French engine systems specialist Safran has appointed a host of new senior managers, including heads for its subsidiaries Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Hispano-Suiza, Labinal, Aircelle and Morpho.

The chairman and chief executive of nacelle maker Aircelle. Vincent Mascré, will take up the same position at landing-gear manufacturer Messier-Bugatti-Dowty on 1 July. He will be replaced at Aircelle by Martin Sion, head of Sencma's space engines division.

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's outgoing chairman and chief Alain Sauret is to lead Labinal - which makes electrical interconnection systems and is being merged with Safran Power.

Hélène Moreau-Leroy, who has been serving as vice-president for programmes at Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, is taking the top job at gearbox maker Hispano-Suiza.

The future of detection technologies provider Morpho, meanwhile, will be guided by Philippe Petitcolin, who has been at the helm of Safran-owned optronics and avionics specialist Sagem.

At the parent company, Yves Leclère is to become an advisor to chairman Jean-Paul Herteman, Jean-Pierre Cojan executive vice-president "in charge of strategy and transformation", and Eric Dalbiès vice-president of strategy.