French leader in land defense, Nexter, a KNDS Group company, announced the appointment of Sylvain Rousseau as Director of Operations. The Group is continuing to renew its management structure, which supports its operational transformation.
Sylvain Rousseau will be in charge of the definition and management of the industrial strategy, purchasing, offset and industrial transfers (TOT), as well as the Supply Chain for Nexter. Its objectives include the success of the ramp-up of the France and Export programs, improving the performance of the Group’s supply chain and industrial activities, and contributing to the updating and deployment of the “make or buy” policy of the Group, in perfect coherence with the Next Performances progress plan and its component dedicated to operational excellence.
“The arrival of Sylvain Rousseau is an important reinforcement for the implementation of the production ramp-up of the Scorpion program, which is crucial for the group,” said Stéphane Mayer, CEO of Nexter.
Launched in 2016 after the arrival of Stéphane Mayer as Chairman of Nexter Group, “Next Performances progress plan aims to improve the group’s performance at the service of our French and export customers. It represents a new dynamic for Nexter’s evolution,” achieved through record orders in 2017 and excellent prospects for the coming years.
Nexter, the leading French land defense company and third European player in the ammunition sector is part of the KNDS Group. It is dedicated to meet the needs of the French land forces and of Nations on an international scale.
The scope of Nexter’s business includes as well the supply of weapon systems and ammunition for air and naval forces. Nexter also provides systems and protection solutions in the field of homeland security.
The group continues to apply its international development policy with 58% of the order intake in 2017 intended for the export market. In France, Nexter is fully committed to meeting the objectives of the SCORPION program, through the upgrade of the Leclerc tank and the development of the future VBMR Griffon and EBRC Jaguar vehicles within the temporary business venture between Nexter, Thales and Arquus, as well as the Lightweight VBMR.
The group’s range of products also includes ARAVIS®, TITUS® and VBCI armored vehicles, CAESAR®, TRAJAN® and 105LG1 artillery systems, smart ammunition (BONUS), many equipment, as well as customer service, support and revaluation.
Nexter’s 2017 turnover amounted to €900 million, of which 18% is allocated to Research and Development activities.