Philippe Schleicher, 61, is the new chairman and CEO of the GIAT Industries Group and its susbsidiary SNPE (Sociéte Nationale des Poudres et Explosifs). He also becomes chairman of Eurenco which specialises in propellants and explosives for civil and military use.
GIAT Industries holds 50% of Honosthor, a joint venture between France’s Nexter Systems and Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann.
Schleicher joined the SNPE group in 1994 as chairman and CEO of Nobel Sport, the subsidiary specialising in hunting ammunition and propellants. After a short break in the early 2000s when he worked on leveraged buyouts of automated production lines in the food processing industry, he joined Safran in 2004 as administrator of Techspace Aero, the group’s Belgian subsidiary which specialises in equipment and test benches for aerospace engines.
In 2012 he was a appointed CEO of Herakles, a company created by the merger of SNPE matériaux énergétiques (SME) which produced propergol, and Snecma propulsion solide (SPS), a subsidiary of the Safran group specialised in rocket and missile engines which use propergol.