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Thierry MERLOT

Thierry MERLOT

President Aerospace EAMA & Industrial, HEXCEL


Thierry Merlot was appointed President Aerospace Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Industrial in 2020 by the HEXCEL Group, a leading advanced composites company. Thierry Merlot originally joined Hexcel in 1988 and held various positions in Sales & Marketing. Prior to Hexcel, Thierry Merlot began his career in 1983 as Quality Manager for composite materials with Dassault. Thierry Merlot received a mechanical engineering degree from Les Arts et Métiers high school in Paris, France, in 1982. Thierry Merlot is based at Hexcel Composites Dagneux (Ain) site, near Lyon, France.

To anticipate and answer the increasing demand for composite materials, Thierry Merlot supported a strategy of growth and implanted new production units in Spain, Germany and in France and most recently inaugurated an extension to Hexcel plant in Morocco.

About Hexcel:

  • Hexcel Group at the end of 2023: 5600+ employees.
  • Headquarters: Stamford, Connecticut, USA.
  • 22 production sites over four continents, i.e. in the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The HEXCEL Group produces advanced composite materials for the aerospace, defense and various industrial markets (transportation, energy, sports equipment, etc.). It achieved a turnover of 1.8 billion US dollars in 2023, 60% for civil aerospace, 30% for space & defense and 10% for industrial applications.