Dassault Aviation has appointed Carlos Brana as
Executive Vice President – Civil Aircraft. He succeeds Olivier
Villa who retired on 1 July 2019.

Brana has served as Villa’s deputy as Senior Vice
President – Civil Aircraft since 2016, with a special focus on worldwide Falcon
business jet sales and marketing. In his new role, he will be
responsible for defining and implementing global sales, marketing,
customer service and product development strategy enabling the
company to address the dynamic business aviation market
environment.


Carlos Brana. Click to enlarge.

Brana has been with Dassault’s business jet
operation since 2005. He began as Director of Sales for Asia at
Dassault Falcon Jet (DFJ)  the company’s wholly owned subsidiary
headquartered in Teterboro, New Jersey. He was later named Vice
President for Contracts Specifications, and subsequently Senior
Vice President for DFJ Operations, with responsibility for
customer service, finance and contract management. He also oversaw
activities at the Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) affiliate,
which manages company-owned service centers in the Americas.

Brana began his career at Dassault in 1984 as a design
engineer on the Rafale, Mirage F1 and Mirage 2000 combat aircraft
programs. He was later assistant manager for the Mirage 2000
program, then contract manager for the Qatar and Taiwan Mirage
2000-5 contracts.

After joining the foreign military sales
force in 1998, he led the negotiating team for the Rafale proposal
in South Korea before being named Director of Military Sales for
the Middle East.

“Carlos’ leadership and
vision will be essential to maintaining the competitiveness of our
Falcon operation and continuing the modernization of our product
line,” said Dassault Aviation Chairman CEO Eric Trappier. “His
two decades of experience in sales and product support will be
vital to our continuing effort to deliver top-quality service to
Falcon operators and maximize the customer ownership experience.”

Carlos holds an engineering degree from
the Ecole Centrale de Paris and a Master in Business
Administration from France’s HEC.

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