Nexcelle appoints André Robert as Executive Vice President of the GE Aviation/Safran engine nacelle joint venture
March 6, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio – André Robert has been named as an Executive Vice President of Nexcelle, the joint venture of GE’s Middle River Aircraft Systems and Safran Nacelles that develops and produces engine nacelles for integrated propulsion system on jetliners and business jets.
Based at Nexcelle’s Cincinnati, Ohio, USA headquarters, Robert is a GE employee with management experience in both the commercial and business aviation segments. He previously was GE Aviation’s on-site customer account executive at Canada’s Bombardier Commercial and Business Aircraft units, acting as the primary interface in maintaining long-term working relationships with this airframe manufacturer for propulsion and systems products.
Robert’s other GE Aviation assignments were as the marketing leader for regional aviation, and the on-site project manager at Bombardier for the CF34-8C turbofan engine development program. During his career, he also worked at Bell Helicopter Textron as an engineering project manager and program manager for medium helicopters, and served with the Canadian Armed Forces as an aircraft maintenance officer working primarily on F/A-18 fighter aircraft.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Robert is one of two Executive Vice Presidents at Nexcelle, joining Safran Nacelles’ Lionel Drévillon in this dual role. Together, they have responsibilities in overseeing program execution and operations –working closely with the two parent companies’ respective teams as this joint venture pursues the activity ramp-up for its nacelle products.
Nexcelle supplies the engine nacelle for GE Aviation’s Passport integrated propulsion system on Bombardier’s Global 7000 business aircraft, which entered flight testing last November; and produces the innovative nacelle with all-new O-Duct thrust reverser for CFM International’s LEAP-1C integrated propulsion system, utilized on the COMAC twin-engine C919 jetliner which is preparing to make its maiden flight this year.
Nexcelle is creating smart nacelle systems for tomorrow’s world travel. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, the company is a 50/50 joint venture of Safran Nacelles and Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS), which are leading suppliers of engine nacelles, thrust reversers and aerostructures. Through Nexcelle’s relationship with CFM International, GE Aviation and Safran, the joint venture brings unparalleled expertise in the design, development, production and support of integrated propulsion systems for a wide range of aircraft.