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     Date Submitted:18-02-2013
     Last Modified:18-02-2013 (07:33)
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     Current job:Telecom Programs Director
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     KeywordsProgram Director, Launchers, Satellites, telecommunications, change management, propulsion

    Aerospace engineer





    Born 26/12/64

    Married, 4children




    Project management

    -      Experienced Program Manager on large Satellites projects

    -      Organisation and management of hightech projects.

    -      WBS, planning, cost control, configuration management.

    -      Negotiations with customers, partners, suppliers.


    Organisation, Method

    -      Change management.

    -      Transnational organisations.

    -      Teams organisation and leadership.

    -      Cost reduction, redesign to cost, standardisation.

    -      Technical data management systems and production management systems.



    -      Strong experience in Space market, in Telecom Satellite business since 17years

    -      Bids or Programs experience with most satellites operators

    -      Good knowledge of the French and Italian Space Industry and Institutions


    Systems engineering

    -      Telecoms atellites.

    -      Launchers.


    Mechanical and thermal behaviour of structures and units

    -      Design, justification, development qualification.

    -      Composite and metallic structures, damping systems.


    Propulsion systems

    -      Design of liquid propulsion systems of satellites and launchers (cryogenic)

    -      Operations and tests.


    Integration and tests

    -      Integration and tests of satellites and launchers.

    -      Industrialisation.



    Since 2010: THALES ALENIA SPACE – Rome


    Telecom Programs Director

    -      Management of a program portfolio (Sales 140M€/y) ranging from satellites to payload/ hosted payloads, for institutional (ASI, MOD) and commercial (Russia, Israel) customers.

    -      Successful reorganisation and professionalisation of Program Management teams and practices in very challenging context:

    -      Difficult operational status (continuous delays, undercash, overcosts, strong penalties).

    -      Strong workload increase linked to the entering into force of important contracts (Sicral2, Athena-Fidus)

    -      Telecom satellites TechnologyTransfer project.

    -      …Leading to profitability recovery within two years.


    1996-2009: THALES ALENIA SPACE - Cannes (formerly ALCATEL & AEROSPATIALE)


    Program manager for Eutelsat W7 telecom satellite program (2006–2009)

    -      Management of all aspects of this ambitious program:

    -      140M€ - 31months

    -      The most powerful telecom satellite to date for Thales Alenia Space

    -      Eutelsat is one of the leading world satellites operators, with very demanding technical, programmatic and management requirements.

    -      Responsibility starting at contract negotiation and winning up to satellite in-orbit acceptance.

    -      The satellite was delivered on time, to full customer satisfaction, exceeding significantly the economical objectives assigned.


    Technical manager of a telecom satellite programs (2001-2006)

    -      Management of all technical aspects of these Satellites.


    Bids manager for telecom satellites (2001-2006)

    -      Responsible for establishing proposals for telecom satellites (100 to 400M€), and for their negotiation with the customer (Intelsat, Telesat, SES Americom, SES Astra, Eutelsat).


    Spacebus Product Line manager (2000-2001)

    -      Creation of the Spacebus Product line organisation, within the Telecom Programs directorate.

    -      Definition and implementation of Alcatel’s product policy for geostationary telecom satellites.

    -      Program manager for R&D effort (both internal and ESA/Cnes subsidised).

    -      Implementation of a continuous improvement process.

    -      Design of standard satellite modules allowing cost reductions.

    -      Maintenance of a standard documentation package for current Spacebus platforms. Control of its use by commercial programs.


    Responsible for standardisation and redesign-to-cost in an important cost reduction program (Spacebus++ 1998-2000)

    -      Management of 35 working groups involving 10 consultants and more than 200 collaborators throughout the company.

    -      Implementation of standardisation and customisation control methods.

    ð    Achievement of 25% cost reduction in 2 years.


    AIT (Assembly, Integration, Tests) improvement project manager (1996-1998)

    -      Implementation of methods for preparation and execution of operations.

    -      Quality enhancement (minimisation of risks and anomalies)

    -      Reinforcement of skills and expertise


    Telecom satellites assembly manager (1996-1998)

    -      Management of a team of 10 engineers and 20 technicians.

    -      Implementation of integrated teams with the design office to achieve improvement in manufacturability of the design.


    1990-1996: AEROSPATIALE, Space and Defence, Les Mureaux

                       Design Office Ariane5 Stages

    Chief of the “Fluids engineering” Dept (1993-1996) 


    -      Organisation and recruitment of a team of specialists of design and operations of cryogenic propulsion systems.

    -      Writing of tests and operations specifications of the Ariane5 Main Cryogenic booster.

    -      Specification, follow-up and post processing the stage test campaigns in Kourou.

    -      Development of skills and simulation tools.

    -      Strong co-operation with SEP, DASA-Bremen, Cnes, Arianespace.


    “Stages engineering managers” teamleader (1993-1996)


    -      Recruitment and training of a multidisciplinary team of eight senior engineers in charge of allt echnical aspects of the stages from integration to customer delivery and launch campaign.

    -      Direct engineering responsibility of the qualification stage, up to delivery to Cnes.


    Responsible for structural dynamics of Ariane5 Main Cryogenic stage (1990-1993)


    -     Engineering manager for dynamic qualification of structural subassemblies made by Fokker, MAN, Air Liquide, SEP, and tested in Germany (6 months test campaign in Ottobrun).

    -     Dampers product manager.

    -    Design, development and qualification elastomeric dampers for heavy units.

    -    Management of the associated sub-contract (4M$).

    -    Structural design (static and dynamic finite element modelling).




    -      1994 European Consortium for Advanced Training in Aeronautics (ECATA)

    -    Senior management course dealing with the organisation and management of European co-operative programs, organised by the main European aerospace companies an duniversities (6 months, inMadrid-Spain and Delft-The Netherlands). Comparative study of the organisation of the main European co-operative projects.

    -      1988  Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Aérospatiales (ESTA-ORSAY)

                                Engineering degree in Aeronautics and Space.

    -      1988  Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI–PARIS).

                                Engineering degree in Physics.



    -      English: Fluent.

    -      Italian: Fluent.

    -      German: Basics.



    -      National service as a Navy Officer on board a patrol ship based in Noumea–New Caledonia.

    -      Until 1995, dinghy regattas and off-shore sailing races at national and international level.

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