Antoine Gelain

Antoine Gelain

Contributing columnist Antoine Gélain is managing director at Paragon European Partners, based in London.

Articles
Opinion: Is Commercial Aerospace Ripe For Disruption?  45
The money, talent and business model could be found to break the Airbus and Boeing duopoly, but the vision may prove more elusive.
Opinion: A380 Exemplifies European Commercial Aerospace Success  151
The aircraft has changed the competitive dynamics not only between Airbus and Boeing but among international airlines.
Opinion: How Aerospace OEMs Can Make Their Supply Base More Sustainable  3
A customer-supplier model based on mutual trust and long-term commitment is the key.
Opinion: Why Smaller Aerospace Companies Do Better  1
The best performers in aerospace are midsize companies organized as horizontal portfolios of multiple operational entities that extol the virtues of small size, loose integration and lean management.
Opinion: Game Over In The Space Sector  15
A paradigm shift is underway, whereby historical players from the old military-industrial complex are bound to become marginalized and lose out to the new players of the digital economy.
Opinion: The Best Way To Reinvigorate Air Travel  72
Instead of investing in faster aircraft, what about investing in something that would truly make a difference for the majority of passengers?
Opinion: Why A&D Companies Are Passé  1
With the rapid growth of commercial aviation, the label “aerospace and defense” has become largely irrelevant, if not entirely misleading.
Opinion: Three Misconceptions About Supply Chain Competitiveness 
OEMs must question assumptions about what makes the supply chain competitive and rethink the way they allocate resources accordingly.
Opinion: Outlier Dassault Shows How Being Stubborn Pays For Rafale  3
Within the last two months, three orders have been announced for close to a total of 100 Rafales, and suddenly the future looks bright.
Opinion: A&D Needs Visionary Leaders To Fend Off Venture Capitalists  2
The digital economy is seeping into every corner of the aerospace and defense industry, and it is just the beginning.
Opinion: How A Merger May Be A Zero-Sum Deal 1
The Harris-Exelis merger brings back to light some fundamental truths about the U.S. defense sector that otherwise tend to be forgotten.
Opinion: How A&D Can Dodge Political Risks 12
One of the key features of the A&D industry is its close link to international politics.
Opinion: A&D Must Disrupt Its R&D Funding Routine  3
A&D players should approach their innovation agenda more like startups do in the Silicon Valley.
Opinion: SpaceX’s Elon Musk And Walt Disney Not Far Apart  4
Musk’s approach strikes me as very similar to one used by another great creator and businessman of his time: Walt Disney.
Opinion: Why the A&D Industry Is Living Dangerously  8
Has the A&D industry’s conservatism become a liability?
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