Hispano-Suiza Canada strengthens management team Pierre Gérard named Chief Operating Officer

Colombes, April 3, 2006 - Hispano-Suiza Canada, a subsidiary of Hispano-Suiza of France, has created the position of General Manager to better meet the expectations of its customers and the specific needs of the business aviation market. The general manager is in charge of overseeing current programs and improving operational performance to ensure that Hispano-Suiza Canada is among the best in class in its market.

Pierre Gérard, 48, has been named general manager of Hispano-Suiza Canada. He will be working closely with corporate management at the parent company Hispano-Suiza.

A graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Lille engineering school, Pierre Gérard joined Snecma in 1983 as a project engineer, working on control systems for commercial and military engines. He joined the M88 project team in 1994, as deputy project manager. Pierre Gérard coordinated the integration of the engine in the airframe, working closely with aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation and French defense procurement agency DGA, all the way through flight qualification of the engine.

In 1999, Pierre Gérard moved to the program division of Snecma Control Systems (now part of Hispano-Suiza). From 2002 until this latest appointment, he was in charge of Snecma and General Electric customer relations at Hispano-Suiza. In particular, he coordinated and managed the company's work on the CFM56, GE90, GP7200, GEnx, SaM146, TP400-D6, M88 and M53 engines.

Hispano-Suiza Canada, a subsidiary of Hispano-Suiza, designs, develops and produces electronic engine controls for business aircraft, as well as dedicated electronic control units for steering, braking, landing and deicing. The company, located in Peterborough, Ontario, near Toronto, has about 120 employees.

Hispano-Suiza, SAFRAN Group, is a world leader in mechanical power transmissions, electronic and hydraulic control systems and equipment for aircraft engines. The company is also actively involved in R&D for advanced systems and equipment on tomorrow's "more electric" aircraft. Hispano-Suiza has two main facilities in the greater Paris area, at Colombes and Réau, and two subsidiaries, in Sedziszow, Poland, and Peterborough, Canada.

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