Dassault Aviation Promotes Olivier Villa to Executive Vice President, Civil Aircraft

October 31, 2016 Photo(s): By Dassault Falcon

Carlos Brana named Senior Vice President, Civil Aircraft

Dassault Aviation recently elevated Olivier Villa to the position of Executive Vice President, Civil Aircraft.

Carlos Brana was appointed Senior Vice President, Civil Aircraft and will act as his deputy. John Rosanvallon will continue to serve as President and CEO of Dassault Aviation's wholly owned subsidiary, Dassault Falcon Jet.

"Olivier's leadership will be critical to the company's competitiveness and our ability to deliver a world-class customer experience in the coming years." said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. "And Carlos' global vision and previous sales experience are an ideal fit for Olivier's team."

In his new role, Villa will assume full responsibility for developing and implementing the Falcon group strategy. In particular, he will play a key role in Dassault Aviation's new organizational setup, designed to help the company meet the civilian market challenges over the next decade. Prior to his appointment, Villa served as Senior Vice President of Civil Aircraft for Dassault Aviation, overseeing marketing, sales and customer support activities for Dassault's civil aircraft division.

Villa's career at Dassault spans more than three decades and has covered many of the company's most successful business jet products. During his eight year stint as Vice president for Falcon Programs, he was responsible for development of the Falcon 50EX, 900EX and 2000EX aircraft, the EASy cockpit and the initial work on the 7X. Prior to that he was Falcon 2000 Program Director. Villa graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1979, and is a recipient of the French Légion d'Honneur.

As Villa's deputy, Brana will take on leadership of worldwide sales and marketing activities. Brana previously served as Senior Vice President, Teterboro Operations, where he oversaw a wide range of activities, including finance, specification and design, contracts, the company-owned service center network and numerous customer support initiatives.

While serving over three decades within Dassault, Brana has also worked in numerous other capacities, including as an engineer on the the Rafale fighter demonstrator. He graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1982, where he received his engineering degree. He also holds an MBA from HEC (Hautes Études Commerciales).