Francis Mer, independent, non-executive member.
Mr. Mer holds a Master’s degree from Ecole Polytechnique and a Master’s degree in engineering from Ecole des Mines. He serves as honorary President of Safran Group. In the past, Mr. Mer has held various positions at Usinor Sacilor Group, including President of the Board of Directors and CEO, and served as President of Cockerill Sambre, Eurofer (European Steel Association) and the International Iron and Steel Institute. He was President of the French Steel Federation, the National Technical Research Association, EpE (Entreprises pour l’Environnement) and the Cercle de l’Industrie, and Co-President of the Board of Arcelor. Mr. Mer was the French Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry from 2002 to 2004.