I’ve been working in Business Aviation since 1990 – more than 25 years. Although for most of that time I was with Daher (formerly Socata), I never had a feeling of stagnation, simply because Business Aviation is so diverse and offers so many different and exciting career opportunities.
Today I’m in charge of aircraft manufacturing, focusing exclusively on the production of Turboprop aircraft (TBM). The Airplane Business Unit, which I manage, is responsible for everything that relates to that activity: design, certification, supply, programme management, final assembly, quality, sales, marketing and the support of in-service aircraft.
I oversee a team of more than 400 people, with about 20 field of expertise, and report directly to the CEO. I am also a member of the Daher Executive Committee.
I don’t come from a family of aviators, nor did I develop a passion for flying when I was a child. I graduated from a French business school and saw flying simply as a new ‘transport mode’ that I viewed as a ‘business enabler’ thanks to its speed and flexibility.
That’s why in 1990 I decided to apply for an internship in Business Aviation, and Socata was a natural choice. I didn’t know whether there would be a career opportunity. I was just curious and enthusiastic, and I ended up being hired. Since then, I’ve worked my way up the company and in 2010 became Senior VP for the Airplane Business Unit.
To understand the nature of the business, I had to learn from my peers and do a lot of reading. I also trained as a pilot hold an ATP with CFI-I rating, which helps me to better interact with engineers and customers.
My career path shows that anything is possible in Business Aviation. Today, I have a fantastic team of people working on the TBM programme and I’m proud of their achievements and their trust in me.
A successor of the Morane-Saulnier aviation company – and more recently the well-known SOCATA – Daher designs, produces and maintains the TBM family of aircraft. More than 822 Daher TBM aircraft are in service today.