Groupe SOCOMORE S.A. : Governance
- A majority shareholder :
- Frédéric Lescure
- The Group managers
- Some investors :
- CM-CIC Capital Finance
- ACE Management (through Aerofund II)
Frédéric Lescure: CEO
Laurent Sanchez: Deputy managing Director, C.F.O. & I.T. Director
Muriel Biju Charrier: Human Ressources Director
Andrew Leech: VP North America
Bernard Le Turdu: VP Technology / VP Brazil
André Guérin: Chief Operating Officer
Didier Emonet: VP Aerospace & Defense Markets / VP Sales Asia & TMEA
(from left to right)
Missing on the picture :
Nathalie MOUHAOU: EHSQ Group manager / Europe Industry Director
Hervé HEINRICH: VP Marketing-Innovation / VP Sales Europe
Founded in 1972 by Jean Bossuet, Socomore (called Socomor at that time) was based in Vannes, on land provided by the Prefect of that time. The objective of the company was to produce cleaning solutions for the Parisian subway tunnels. In 1974, Socomore began to work with the Aerospace industry (namely Airbus) in Nantes and Saint Nazaire with its solvents (Diestone range of products) dedicated for the general cleaning of structural parts of aircrafts before the assembly line. Furthermore the temporary protection range of products enabled Socomore to be a significant worldwide player in this sector.
At the end of 1998, the company is taking a new direction with the arrival of a new management team led by Frédéric Lescure. It is expanding throughout Europe, then Asia and Russia and rapidly to North America to offer our services to Boeing and Bombardier, then South America for Embraer.
Socomore has expanded rapidly thanks to an international partnership network gathered into an alliance called (Aerochemicals). In 2001, the American company Contec is launching, with Socomore, a range of solvent pre-saturated wipes to assist their customers to reduce the impact on the environment and improve the working conditions in the workshops. This approach has been very successful and allows Socomore to finance significant investments to meet the increase of production of its key customers and meet the regulatory constraints linked with the manufacture of chemical products.
Since 2010, Socomore is enhancing its international expansion, namely in North America, thanks to the strategic acquisition of companies with which synergies have been found and in countries that Socomore wished to gain. This international approach is based on the analysis of the aerospace market that is continuously evolving among 4 aircraft manufacturers: Airbus, its key customer, Boeing which is essential, Bombardier and Embraer that are expanding. Meanwhile, Socomore continues to invest in R&D to offer its customers safer solutions for the environment for surface preparation (Diestone A8284, Socogel….). In 2012, Socomore inaugurated a new factory and a supply chain to meet the current and future customers’ demands.