Mr Eric Trappier, Chairman & CEO of Dassault Aviation, named new Chairman of GIFAS (June 2017)
The GIFAS Executive Committee has decided, they say "to make the Association’s governance evolve for more performance and efficiency in the interests of the industry and its members" and elected Mr Eric Trappier, Chairman & CEO of Dassault Aviation, the current Deputy, as the new Chairman of GIFAS.
Mr Eric Trappier, known within the industry as a committed cost cutter takes over from M. Marwan Lahoud, who has served as GIFAS Chairman since 2013.
Also appointed is Mr Fabrice Brégier, as Deputy-Chairman. Mr Fabrice Brégier is the COO of Airbus and Chairman of Airbus Commercial Aircraft.
Biography: Mr Trappier: bio_eric_trappier_uk.pdf
*** Julian Bray Aviation expert writes: The rapid expansion of the Farnborough Air Show site in the UK, with the opening of extensive new permanent double level exhibition halls, has raised a question mark over the future of the Paris Air Show, as many exhibitors and customers from world markets are now seeking a wider non-European marketplace and will be 'keen' to be associated with an outward looking marketing operation.
The appointment of Mr Trappier signals that GIFAS will follow a firmly eurocentric line in future and that spiralling operational costings for the Paris Air Show, will be put under the microscope.
The Paris Air Show is likely to re-evaluate its continuing association with Le Bourget; following recent criticism, from some exhibitors, that the venue urgently needs new investment and the overall region is in a financially depressed area and does not promote the right international image .
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