USAIRE Board of Directors Elects AAR’s Pascal Parant as New President

PARIS, October 7, 2014 - During its last board meeting, members of USAIRE elected Pascal Parant, Vice President of Marketing at AAR, as the new president. Parant succeeds Philippe Bottrie, who decided not to run for a third term after a brilliant presidency.

“I have all confidence in Pascal to continue the work we have initiated during my presidency,” said Bottrie, Vice President of Public Affairs for Airbus Group. “It also gives USAIRE a president from a U.S.-based company after several years of leadership from European companies.”

Michel Dubarry, Executive Vice President of USAIRE and President of Rolls France, added: “We elected Pascal as the new president due to his commitment to the aviation industry in France and USAIRE. Even before he was elected president, Pascal has been focused on raising the profile of aviation in France with high-profile speakers and events, and we hope this will continue."

“With the assistance of the members and the board, my goal is to ensure USAIRE keeps rising and shining in Europe, attracting high-profile guest speakers and high-profile new members,” said Parant.

About USAIRE and Speaking Opportunities

USAIRE's objective is to foster international understanding and cooperation in the transatlantic aerospace and high-tech communities.  Each year, USAIRE invites top executives to meet with its members during a series of friendly, professional luncheons. The event is an ideal opportunity for guest speakers and USAIRE members to meet in a congenial, business atmosphere. Professionally, it also provides the guest speakers with the opportunity to present their companies and views on topics that typically relate to the aerospace and telecommunication fields, or national and international business interests.

USAIRE was founded in Paris in 1959 to bring together a consolidated body of U.S. aerospace industry representatives to interface with government agencies and organizations such as NATO, SHAPE and U.S.A.I.A. USAIRE has over 130 high-profile members and companies. For more, visit<>.


About AAR

AAR is a global aerospace and defense contractor that employs more than 6,000 people in 17 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial, government and defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. AAR’s services include inventory management and parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and expeditionary airlift. AAR’s products include cargo systems and containers; mobility systems and shelters; advanced aerostructures; and command and control systems. More information can be found at


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