Chairman of the Board - Safran

Supplier of systems and equipment for aerospace, defense and security

Professional Experience :

  Born in 1954, Ross McInnes earned a degree from Oxford and also studied in France. He started his career in 1977 with the bank Kleinwort Benson in London, then in Rio de Janeiro. In 1980 he joined Continental Bank  as Vice President in corporate finance, with assignments in Chicago and Paris.

He was named Chief Financial Officer of Eridania Beghin-Say in 1991, and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1999. The following year Ross McInnes moved to Thomson-CSF (now Thales) as Senior Vice President and CFO, playing a major role in the company’s transformation. In 2005 he joined PPR as Senior Vice President for Finance and Strategy, before joining the Supervisory Board of Générale de Santé in 2006. From 2007 until 2009, Ross McInnes was Vice Chairman of Macquarie Capital Europe, a company specialized in infrastructure investments.

In 2009, Ross McInnes joined Safran as Executive Vice-President, Economic and Financial Affairs in June of that year. In April 2011, he became Deputy Chief Executive Officer. In April 23, 2015, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Safran.

On February 25, 2015, within the framework of economic diplomacy, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, appointed Ross McInnes as special representative for economic relations with Australia.

He is a Non-Executive Director of Faurecia, Eutelsat and IMI plc.



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