Isabelle Vougaz, Aircelle Program Manager for the Passport nacelle program
Nexcelle benefits from the skills and capabilities of the employee teams at its two parent companies: Safran Nacelles and GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems. The following article is part of a series of profiles on the unique personalities that are shaping Nexcelle’s role in the future of integrated propulsion systems.
December 8, 2015
As manager of the Passport nacelle program at Aircelle, Isabelle Vougaz applies her musical abilities in the development of this new integrated propulsion system through the French/U.S. Nexcelle joint venture with GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS).
“While it may be an overused comparison, managing a team can be compared to being an orchestra conductor,” she explains. “A good conductor needs to be intitutive, ensuring that everyone is in tune and in sync. This is particularly true in a cooperative effort such as the Passport nacelle, which brings together two companies with different cultures.”
Isabelle first began playing the piano when she was young and resumed after for a long interruption: “I play for my pleasure, but had stopped for some 15 years because I previously felt ‘closed in’ by the piano. I considered it to be ‘heavy,’ not easily transportable, and somewhat isolated as an instrument. I probably would have preferred to be playing as part of an orchestra.”
She subsequently reconciled her relationship with the piano, now fully enjoying the ability to play – while also using it as an excellent means for relating with her two children: a 15-year-old daughter who loves playing the piano; and a 17-year-old son with an ear for music, who has played the violin and drums.
An engineer by training with a focus on aeronautics, Vougaz’ career has covered a full range of activity from product research and development to in-service operation. Her experience includes assignments at four different companies within the Safran group, after having spent 10 years in Air France maintenance and cargo flight operations.
“In my current job, I appreciate being back in industry with product-oriented responsibilities,” she concluded. “I believe in the importance of building international relationships, and Nexcelle gives me an excellent opportunity to participate in a joint venture – being one of the ‘conductors’ for the Passport integrated propulsion system.”