Pierre Éric Pommellet will take over as Chairman of French shipbuilding conglomerate Naval Group’s Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.
Naval Group’s Board of Directors had proposed Pommellet to take over as Chairman and CEO in March.
“It is an honour and an immense pride to serve Naval Group, a 400-year-old and now international and forward-looking company. I am taking up my duties in the context of the COVID-19 health crisis that we are all experiencing throughout the country – and the world – and I am aware of the responsibility thus entrusted to me. Today, all my energy, together with the group’s management team, is entirely devoted to fighting the spread of this virus and to protecting the health of Naval Group employees and their families. In line with these priorities, we are carrying out our essential missions so that our clients and partners can pursue theirs, in the service of defence. Naval Group’s purpose is to serve navies around the world, first and foremost the French Navy, and it is reflected at its strongest at times like this. I have full confidence in our company’s ability to meet these challenges thanks to the commitment of every employee, to their exceptional team spirit and to our operational excellence,” said Pommellet.
Pommellet began his career as an engineer at the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) in 1990 at the Vernon ballistic and aerodynamic research laboratory on navigation systems for Le Triomphant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBN).
He joined Naval Group (then DCN) in 1994, where he was responsible for the design of combat systems for SSBN and the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier.
Between 1997 and 2001, worked with Thales, where he was Technical Director of the Valence Engineering Department. He was notably involved in the development of inertial power plants for Scalp missiles, the Russian MIG21 fighter aircraft and the Mirage 2000-9 for the United Arab Emirates.
In 2001, he took over the management of the Bordeaux plant, which manufactures a wide range of civil and military avionics equipment for the A320, A380, Rafale, Tiger and NH90 helicopter. In 2004, he was put in charge of all the military equipment activity of the aeronautics division.
On his return to Paris in 2008, he was appointed head of the Aerospace Division’s services activities before being appointed Director in charge of the Aerospace Division in June 2009.
Between 2010 and 2017, he served as Executive Vice President of the Defence Mission Systems business unit. Since 2017, Pierre Éric Pommellet has been Executive Vice President, Operations and Performance.
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