Philippe Petitcolin

Independent Director

Boards & Committees


Having held various positions within Europrim, Filotex (an affiliate of Alcatel-Alstom) and Labinal (now Safran Electrical & Power), Philippe Petitcolin joined Snecma (now Safran Aircraft Engines) in 2006 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Chief Executive Officer for Safran’s defence and security operations as well as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Safran Electronics & Defense. Between July 2013 and December 2014, Philippe Petitcolin was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Safran Identity & Security and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Safran Electronics & Defense. From December 2014 to July 2015, he was Chairman of Safran Identity & Security.

On 23 April 2015, Philippe Petitcolin was appointed a Director of Safran by the Shareholders’ Meeting and Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors. On the same date, he became a member of the Board of the Aerospace, Security and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). In July 2015, he became Vice Chairman of Gifas (French Aerospace Industries Association). In 2015, he was also appointed to the Board of Belcan Corporation, an engineering services provider, and has been a Director of EDF since May 2019.

Philippe Petitcolin served as Chief Executive Officer of Safran until 31 December 2020.
In March 2021, he was appointed Chairman of the Franco-German defence company KNDS.