Yannick Bonnaire named Hispano-Suiza Vice President for Programs

Colombes, March 3, 2008 – Yannick Bonnaire, 45, has been named Vice President, Programs at Hispano-Suiza, and a member of the company's Management Committee.

A graduate of the ENSEA electronics engineering school with a PhD in electronics, Yannick Bonnaire started his career with Dassault Electronique in 1988. He joined the Thales Group in 1996, holding a series of management jobs with Thales Microelectronics, including production unit manager and special advisor. In 2000 he was named vice president, engineering, in charge of overseeing business development in the telecommunications, defense, avionics and medical markets.

Yannick Bonnaire joined the SAFRAN Group in 2003 as head of the R&D department at Hispano-Suiza's electrical equipment division. He helped Hispano-Suiza strengthen world leadership in aircraft engine control systems and electrical harnesses. Yannick Bonnaire was also in charge of the development of the first electrical thrust reverser actuation system (ETRAS®) for the A380. At the same time, he helped set up the Safran Power Electronics Center (SPEC), dedicated to the development of technologies for "more electric" aircraft.

Hispano-Suiza, SAFRAN Group, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and support of commercial and military engine control systems, power transmissions, power electronics and actuators. 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 manages two operating units, in Peterborough, Canada and Sedziszow, Poland.

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