About HENSOLDT France
HENSOLDT France offers a wide range of critical electronics solutions, products and services for the aeronautical, defence, energy and transport sectors, whether for air, naval or land applications, both in France and abroad.
HENSOLDT France’s comprehensive range of electronics products and solutions cover various areas of expertise: Mission management systems, world-class sensors, embedded systems; testing & simulation; hydrogen & power conversion, command & control, mechanical solutions, support & consulting and secure communication & cyber security.
We develop specific electronics solutions and offers dedicated COTS solutions for hazardous environments. They are fully compliant with military and aeronautical standards, as well as testing, integration and simulation solutions to secure the development of critical systems. With cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable energy as well as controlled modular equipment.
We secure critical installation operation and offers solutions to ensure production sites have good productivity and no downtime. We design and manufacture production and maintenance equipment to help our customers optimise their production capacity and secure their assets. The support of our customers throughout the complete product life cycles and the provision of assistance to ensure their installations remain operational is a vital issue for us. Secure encryption and communication systems for critical data exchange is a further area of our expertise.
At the heart of our company culture are the values we share, giving the success of our company a common, solid basis. These values – laid out already in our predecessor companies and developed further - are fundamental to all our doing and have a profound impact on all other areas of our business, like a house that cannot rest safely without reliable foundations.
In this sense, the basis of everything is the value of Collaboration going together with team spirit and respect, openness, transparency and trust, i.e. overcoming organisational lines and taking on challenges as one team. Based on this foundation HENSOLDT rests on three pillars: Excellence, Ownership and Innovation. Bearing the roof of the entire building is Entrepreneurship.
One word summarizes what we all are committed to: To act on behalf of our company, take decisions, continuously aspire for excellence and accept being held responsible – in the best interest of our customers!
Ownership means we keep our world safe, we take responsibility for our decisions and actions and we are reliable towards our colleagues and our customers.
Excellence is literally the essence of our success, but only if it is paired with efficiency, agility and simplicity. Excellence is no value in itself but only insofar as it serves customer value.
Innovation is a permanent process, not so much a status, requiring curiosity, creativity and passion as well as courage to think outside of the box and even to risk failure.
CEO of HENSOLDT HOLDING FRANCE
CEO of HENSOLDT FRANCE
CEO of HENSOLDT NEXEYA FRANCE
Jérôme GIRAUD has an engineering degree from ESTP and a finance degree from ESSEC.
After working as an auditor at Arthur Andersen, he spent 15 years in various positions in the finance departments of EADS and then SFR. In 2008, he joined FullSIX, a digital marketing group that specialises in web technology. As the group’s Managing Director, he was responsible for global acquisitions.
He joined NEXEYA as Chief Operating Officer in June 2014 before also becoming Deputy Chief Executive Officer in early 2017.
On 1 October 2019, following NEXEYA’s acquisition by the HENSOLDT group, he was appointed CEO of NEXEYA and HENSOLDT HOLDING FRANCE, and was also made a member of the HENSOLDT Group’s Executive Committee.
Philippe GUILBOURG is graduate the French Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale.
He started his professional career in MATRA Group in 1984 and has near 40-year experience in Aerospace and Defence industry. In 2008, he joined EADS Head Quarter in strategic functions. Before joining HENSOLDT, he was Deputy Head of Strategy of Airbus Group and became CEO of Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security SAS. He previously held various functions in MBDA, the missile systems subsidiary of Airbus, BAE Systems and Finmeccanica. In MBDA, he was successively Deputy Director of Air Defence Programme and Director of Product Strategy.
Following HENSOLDT group’s acquisition of NEXEYA France, the activities of HENSOLDT in France are structured into two Global Business Units – Philippe GUILBOURG became the Executive Vice-President of the GBU Defence and Security France on 1 October 2019, HENSOLDT France SAS being part of this GBU.
Since April 2018, Philippe GUILBOURG is CEO of HENSOLDT France SAS.
Pierre-Olivier BESOMBES is an EFREI engineering graduate and has a Master’s degree in telecommunications engineering (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain).
Pierre-Olivier BESOMBES began his career in 1995 as a research engineer at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He joined Rockwell Collins in 1997 as an electronics development engineer before holding a wide variety of positions (Project Manager, Product Line Manager, and Engineering Director in the Surveillance, Navigation and Communication Department). In 2009, Pierre-Olivier BESOMBES moved to Rockwell Collins’s U.S. headquarters as Liaison Director for International Programs, a role he held until 2011, when he was promoted to Director of the Man-portable Satcom Business Unit for the international market, based in Sweden. On his return to France in 2014, Pierre-Olivier was made head of the ComNav Business Unit for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Following on from this experience, in January 2017, Pierre-Olivier BESOMBES joined NEXEYA and became Director of the Test and Integration Solutions Business Line.
Following HENSOLDT group’s acquisition of NEXEYA, its activities were structured into two Global Business Units – Pierre-Olivier became the Executive Vice-President of the Aerospace & Civil Systems GBU on 1 October 2019.
Vice-President Governmental Business Development, Political Affairs & Innovation
Aliette QUINT A graduate of the Franco-German Executive MBA program of ESSEC and the University of Mannheim. She is also holding a Master degree in European law and policies from the Institute for European Studies (Brussels).
After leading a public affairs consulting firm in Brussels where she spent 10 years working with European and national public and national public decision-makers, Aliette joined the Air Liquide Group in 2011 as Deputy Director European and International Affairs. She then defended the interests of new energies, as Director of Regulations and External Affairs at worldwide level for the Hydrogen Energy business unit from 2015. She is a former member of the board of Axane, Air Liquide’s subsidiary specialized in Fuel Cells and of the board of ALIAD, Air Liquide corporate venture. She also contributed to the launch of the Hydrogen Council and represented Air Liquide at the coordination committee.
Aliette joined HENSOLDT in France in 2019, first as Public Affairs Director, then as VP Public Affairs, Government Business Development and Innovation.
Arnaud CHEDHOMME has a Chartered accountant degree.
Arnaud has been working as an audit mission director during 5 years oriented towards advisory, legal audit and accountancy missions. In 2002, Arnaud joined the NEXEYA Group as Chief accountant officer in charge of Cash, legal, tax and accounting processes.
During 20 years its role also consisted to assist the shareholders in the company development as ERP deployment, IPO, Build-up and external growths.
On 1 October 2019 Following NEXEYA’S acquisition by HENSOLDT group, Arnaud became the CFO of NEXEYA. He is also a member of the French Executive Committee.
David FAIGNER is an ENSEA engineering graduate and has a Master’s degree in Real Time Software Engineering (Telecom Bretagne).
He began his career in 1994 as a low level Software developer in different companies. He joined MBD.A in 1997 as technical manager for the development of an embedded real time operating system for the new generations of missiles. David joined the predecessor of NEXEYA in 2001 as a project manager, focused on embedded Real-Time software.
In 2005, David reoriented his career towards management and gradually stopped the technical expertise. He hold different positions from Software skill Manager to Director of Projects and finally Head of the engineering for NEXEYA.
Following HENSOLDT group’s acquisition of NEXEYA, David seized the opportunity to take on a new challenge and became Chief HR Officer for NEXEYA France.