Thierry Betbeze has been appointed CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet (DFJ), a wholly owned Dassault Aviation subsidiary that is responsible for Falcon business aircraft marketing, sales and support in the Americas. Jean Rosanvallon will step down after a 44-year career at Dassault, 23 of which were spent leading DFJ.
Betbeze has served as senior vice president of finance at DFJ since 2016. Rosanvallon will serve as special senior advisor to Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Eric Trappier during a transition period.
“Thierry’s appointment is the latest in a number of recent changes intended to reinforce our worldwide sales, marketing and customer support effort,” said Trappier. “His extensive experience in international finance – along with the recent appointments of Carlos Brana, executive vice president of civil aircraft and head of worldwide Falcon sales and marketing, and Jean Kayanakis, senior vice president of worldwide Falcon customer service and service center network – will ensure the enduring success of the Falcon brand in today’s demanding business aviation environment.”
Betbeze began his career at Dassault Aviation in 1984 as a cost accountant and switched to export financing with a wide range of responsibilities including treasury and currency hedging, before being promoted to senior vice president of finance in 2004. He holds a master’s degree in finance from France’s Ecole Supérieur de Commerce et de Management (ESCEM).
Rosanvallon joined Dassault Aviation in 1975 and four years later moved over to DFJ, based in Teterboro, New Jersey, as assistant to the president. After an 11-year interlude in France serving in several executive capacities within Dassault Aviation, he returned to Teterboro as senior vice president of sales and marketing with responsibility for consolidating worldwide Falcon commercial activities. He took charge of the affiliate in 1996.
“John Rosanvallon has built a record of success for the Falcon Jet business and our industry,” said Trappier. ”We are pleased we can continue tapping into the wealth of business jet market experience he has accumulated to help improve and expand the Falcon line in the future.”