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Safran Helicopter Engines executive appointments

November 12, 2019  By Helicopters Staff

Safran Helicopter Engines on November 8 announced two executive management appointments, with Frédéric Bugeon becoming executive vice-president of strategy and Patrick Prulhiere becoming executive vice-president of purchasing.

Succeeding Serge Maillé, who is retiring, Bugeon began his career at Thales in 1995, as chief project CAPE (Computer-aided production engineering) for radars. In 1996, he joined Alstom and took responsibility for supply chain and purchasing for TGV and tramways at La Rochelle facility.

In 2000, Bugeon, age 48, became director of operations at Alstom UK, before being appointed as director for purchasing and supply chain for all Alstom Transport group, and its 20 subsidiaries worldwide. He joined the group in 2005 as chief of purchasing and supply chain department of Turbomeca. In 2009, Bugeon took responsibility for market and products analysis at strategy direction. From 2010 to 2015, he managed the support programs department in Tarnos. Since 2016, Bugeon served as VP sales, marketing and customer satisfaction at Safran Helicopter Engines.

Prulhiere, age 52, in his new role succeeds Frédéric Rascouailles, who has been appointed to another position within the Safran group. Prulhiere started his career at Labinal in 1990, holding several positions in process, manufacturing engineer and supply chain. In 1996, he became ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) deployment project manager. From 1999 to 2008, he held successively the position of A340-500/600 program manager, operations manager (Airbus Germany, work packages) and A380 program manager at Labinal.


In 2008, Prulhiere became general manager, Labinal Services Americas at Denton, Texas, and in September 2009, general manager of manufacturing on the site of Corinth, Texas. From 2014 to 2017, Prulhiere was director of purchasing EWIS Americas Division at Safran Electrical & Power. Since January 2016, he held the position of VP of purchasing for Safran Electrical & Power.


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