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Safran makes key appointment

A key appointment has been made by one of Gloucestershire's biggest employers.

Philippe Errera has been appointed Safran's executive vice president, International and Public Affairs, effective from June 1st.

French-owned Safran develops and builds aircraft landing systems at Staverton, employing about 950 people in Gloucestershire and over 80,000 globally..

Philippe Errera replaces Alexandre Ziegler, who is appointed executive vice president, defense division, Safran Electronics & Defense.

Philippe Errera also becomes a member of Safran's executive committee.

Safran's International and Public Affairs department is also in charge of Group programs, as well as relations with Boeing, Airbus and COMAC.

Philippe Errera began his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996 in the department of common foreign and security policy.

From 1998 to 2003, he was counsellor in charge of politico-military affairs at the French Embassy in Washington, before becoming deputy director of the Policy Planning Center from 2003 to 2006.

He was deputy director for Nuclear Non-proliferation and disarmament in 2006-2007, before being appointed adviser then chief of staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2010.

Philippe Errera was Ambassador, Permanent representative to NATO from 2011 to 2013, before joining the Ministry of Defense as Director of Strategic Affairs in 2013.

He is the first director general for International Relations and Strategy of the Ministry of Defense, from 2015 to 2018. Since 2019, he was director general for Political and Security Affairs of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Philippe Errera, 53, is a graduate of Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (1992) and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (1996).

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