Philippe Petitcolin

Independent Director

Boards & Committees


Having held various positions within Europrim, Filotex (a subsidiary of Alcatel-Alstom) and Labinal (now Safran Electrical & Power), since 2006 Philippe Petitcolin has been Chairman and CEO of Snecma (now Safran Aircraft Engines). From 2011 to 2013, he served as CEO for Safran’s defence and security operations as well as Chairman and CEO of Safran Electronics & Defense. Between July 2013 and December 2014, Philippe was Chairman and CEO 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.

23 April 2015, Philippe Petitcolin was appointed Director of Safran by the Annual General Meeting and CEO by the Board of Directors. On the same date, he became a member of the Board of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). In July 2015, he became Vice-Chairman of Gifas (Group of French Aeronautical and Spatial Industries). In 2015, he was also appointed to the Board of Belcan Corporation, an engineering services provider, and he has been a Director of EDF since May 2019. Mr 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.