CFM International (CFM) has named Gaël Méheust as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Méheust is replacing Jean-Paul Ebanga, who had served as CFM president and CEO since February 2011 and has now moved to another position within Safran.

In his new position, Méheust will serve as the company’s global representative in its relationships with customers, government agencies, industry associations, and the media.  He will provide corporate leadership for the integrated management of the joint company, as well as serve as a key interface between the top management levels at GE and Safran.  He will also have responsibility for the world-wide brand awareness and reputation of CFM.

Méheust started his carrier in Snecma Group as representative for CFM56 military application in 1989. His carrier grew with CFM and in March 2010, he was named to his most recent post as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Safran Aircraft Engines. In this role, he played an integral role in the launch of the LEAP engine program which, to date, have garnered nearly 11,600 orders.

On the 21st of November 2016, Air Europa and CFM International celebrated the 30th anniversary of a successful relationship that began in 1986, when the airline launched passenger service with CFM56-3-powered Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

CFM, the 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, is headquartered in West Chester, Ohio, near Cincinnati.  The company was formed in 1974 and the two parent companies have extended partnership agreement to the year 2040.