Composite people: April 2021
Nexcelle appoints a new president
Sugato Bhattacharjee, President of Nexcelle.
On April 6, Sugato Bhattacharjee was appointed President of the Nexcelle engine nacelle joint venture (Middle River, Md., United States) between Safran Nacelles (Paris, France) and Middle River Aerostructure Systems (Baltimore, Md., United States ), a subsidiary of ST Engineering (Singapore).
Bhattacharjee is a member of the management team of Middle River Aerostructure Systems (MRAS) and brings extensive experience in management, design, manufacturing and engineering – including leadership roles on international jet engine programs and in the environment. joint venture.
Prior to his appointment as President of Nexcelle, Bhattacharjee was MRAS’s senior product manager for regional pod programs. He began his career in the aviation industry in 1996, joining GE Aviation (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) as a structural design engineer, then progressed into a number of expanded roles involving design and manufacturing. of products before being named a Six Sigma black belt.
Subsequently, Bhattacharjee assumed a role of Executive Director of Engineering before joining the product management leadership team for GE’s GEnx high thrust turbofan engine. In 2010, Bhattacharjee joined CFM – a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE – as director of manufacturing programs. He subsequently served as Executive Director of Customer Training and MRO, working with GE Aviation customers around the world.
He holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University in the United States and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Delhi in India.
The Nexcelle presidency rotates between MRAS and Safran Nacelles. Bhattacharjee succeeds Patrice Provost, employee of Safran Nacelles, president since early 2019. Provost continues its relationship with Nexcelle as one of the two executive vice-presidents of the joint venture.
Nexcelle develops, produces and supplies nacelle systems for two engine applications: the GE Aviation Passport, which powers Bombardier’s Global 7500 business jet; and CFM’s LEAP-1C, which is used on the COMAC C919 airliner.
Boom Supersonic appoints human resources director
Barb Bidan, Human Resources Manager at Boom.
On April 14, Boom Supersonic (Denver, Colorado, US) announced that Barb Bidan had joined as the company’s director of human resources. Bidan will be responsible for helping Boom attract highly skilled talent and shape its progressive culture as the business grows. Opening, its flagship commercial supersonic airliner.
Bidan has held senior HR roles with several high tech and consumer brands including Peloton, BlackBerry, Yahoo, Indeed.com and InVision. She comes to Boom after making significant contributions to the HR practices of growing organizations – under her leadership, Peloton, Indeed and BlackBerry are said to have grown their teams to thousands of employees. Leveraging Bidan’s nearly 20 years of expertise in scaling businesses while fostering a strong corporate culture, Boom says he will soon be expanding his team to enter the production phase for Opening from 2023.
“Boom is completely redesigning commercial air travel to transform the aviation industry,” says Barb Bidan. “This vision will continue to help Boom attract a diverse and talented team. I am thrilled with the unique opportunity to foster a culture that rewards innovation, motivates us to achieve our long-term vision, and positions Boom for our next phase of growth.
With a $ 45 million investment from Prime Movers Lab, Boom also claims to have welcomed Zia Huque to its board. Huque is a general partner at Prime Movers Lab and would bring a wealth of experience in later stages financing, having spent the vast majority of his career on Wall Street in financial market financing. Huque previously served as President and CEO of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and held a number of other senior positions at Deutsche Bank.
“I am passionate about bringing cutting-edge technology to market and delighted to be working with Blake and the rest of the Boom board and team to deliver a lasting supersonic renaissance,” says Huque.
“Our goal is to make Boom a place where the most talented people on the planet are inspired and able to do the best work of their careers,” adds Blake Scholl, Founder and CEO of Boom. “Barb and Zia are true world class leaders, and I am excited to work with them as we make supersonic travel a reality and build a generational business.”
Thomas Gangl assumes Borealis CEO role
Borealis CEO Thomas Gangl.
The Borealis Supervisory Board has announced the appointment of Thomas Gangl, 49, as the new CEO of Borealis AG (Vienna, Austria), effective April 1, 2021. Thomas Gangl succeeds Alfred Stern, 56, who assumes the role of OMV (Vienna, Austria) Member of the Executive Council for chemicals and materials.
Along with Thomas Gangl, Borealis claims to have acquired an exceptional manager and expert among the ranks of OMV. With over 20 years of experience in OMV, Thomas Gangl has not only played an important role in shaping the refining and petrochemicals business of the OMV Group, but has also more recently been responsible for implementing recycling. chemicals, thus laying the foundations for OMV’s circular economy strategy. .
During his 13 years at Borealis, Alfred Stern successfully demonstrated his visionary leadership by leading Borealis’ transformation from a producer of virgin polyolefins to a leading provider of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions, and firmly establishing the company as a leader in innovation and technology. He led Borealis on the path to becoming a goal-driven organization, significantly increasing the value of the company, while further expanding its geographic footprint in North America.
EuCIA appoints new CEO
As part of its strategy to support and accelerate the growth of the European composites industry and to strengthen its voice at European level, the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA, Brussels, Belgium) has appointed Ben Drogt in the newly created post of Managing Director. He holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Technology, 25 years of experience at DSM (Geleen, The Netherlands) in various R&D and business positions, and since 2010 he has been an independent consultant.
According to EuCIA, Drogt will be active in developing cooperations and partnerships with associations in the industries where composites are used, to face common challenges and nurture the opportunities available to the European composites industry and to expand the platform. form of EuCIA as representative of the composite. associations in Europe.
“It’s an honor to bring more than 35 years of experience in the composites industry to this role,” says Ben Drogt. “I have been working with EuCIA since 2015 on several sustainability-focused projects, including the development and launch of the Eco Calculator tool to assess the environmental impact of composite products. I am convinced that the composites industry has a bright future in Europe, well supported by the composite associations members of EuCIA. But I am also convinced that there are challenges for our industry which require representation at European level. EuCIA will fulfill this role. The decision to expand the organization with the role of CEO is a sign of his commitment in this regard.
According to Roberto Frassine, President of EuCIA, this step is the result of a review initiated by the Board of Directors of EuCIA on how best to align future activities of EuCIA to meet the evolving needs of the industry. European Composites: “Ben is joining us both as we seek to expand our business to better serve the European composites market,” says Frassine. “We are convinced that his experience and professional network will greatly contribute to the visibility and efficiency of our organization. We welcome him to our team and I am convinced that his efforts will help us improve the institutional and commercial positioning of EuCIA.
Hutchinson appoints its chief executive officer
On April 6, it was announced that Helene Moreau-Leroy had become President and CEO of Hutchinson (Paris France).
Following her appointment, Hélène Moreau-Leroy declared: “In a context of profound changes in the automotive and aeronautics markets, we are committed, with the Hutchinson teams, to meeting technological challenges and actively contributing to the development responsible and sustainable mobility. . “
A graduate of INSA grande école in Lyon, France, and an MBA in international business from the University of New England in Australia, Hélène Moreau-Leroy began her career as a design office manager and then head of production and international purchases within the large industrial company. Thomson (La Défense) and Alstom (Levallois-Perret) groups.
She joined the Purchasing Department of Safran (Paris) in 2003, before joining its subsidiary Safran Landing Systems, first as head of supply chain development in emerging countries, then as director of the Airbus and European Programs Business Unit. and finally, program director.
In 2013, she joined the Safran Executive Committee as CEO of Safran Transmission Systems, a division specializing in the design and manufacture of power transmissions for the aerospace and space industries, and in 2018 she oversaw the integration of Zodiac Aerospace ( Plaisir) when it was acquired by the group.
Hélène Moreau-Leroy is also Director General of the Board of Directors of Arkema (Cologne, Germany) and Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honor.
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