Francis Mer / Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Safran

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Francis Mer, 70, is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Mines ParisTech, both ParisTech elite graduate schools.

In October 1970, Francis Mer joined the group Saint-Gobain Pont-à-Mousson and was responsible for Saint-Gobain Industries Strategic Planning (1971), then Manager of Saint-Gobain Industries (1974-1978) before being appointed in September 1978 Vice-President of Saint-Gobain Pont-à-Mousson, in charge of industrial policy. Il July 1982, he was then promoted Chairman an Chief Executive Officier of Pont-à-Mousson s.a; and head of Saint Gobain’s Pipe and Engineering Division.

In September 1986, when the French State, the main shareholder, decided the merging of Usinor and Sacilor, Francis Mer became chairman of the new steel group.

The Governement had assigned Francis Mer the mission to carry out the privatisation of Usinor Sacilor achieved in July 1995. Francis Mer was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the privatised Usinor Sacilor Group on October, 10, 1995.

He was also appointed Chairman of Cockerill Sambre in April 1999.

From December 1990 to 1997, Francis Mer was chairman of Eurofer the European steelmakers association. From October 1997 to October 1998, Francis Mer was chairman of the International Iron an Steel Institute (IISI).

He has been President of the French Steel Federation (FFA) from 1988 to 2002, President of the National Technical Research Association (ANRT) from 1991 to 2002, the EPE (Entreprise pour l’Environnement), and the Cercle de l’Industrie.

He became co-chairman of the board of Arcelor, the company issued from the merger of Arbed, Aceralia and Usinor in March 2002.

Francis Mer has been Minister of economy, finance and Industry from May, 7, 2002 to March 31, 2004.

Since January 16 2007, Francis Mer is chairman of the supervisory board of Safran.

By Francis Mer on ParisTech Review

Dans tous les pays développés, l'augmentation de l'espérance de vie - presque un trimestre par an au rythme actuel - conjuguée à la baisse de la fécondité entraîne un vieillissement démographique inéluctable. En 2050, un quart de la population française, par exemple, aura plus de 65 ans, contre 16% aujourd'hui. La décroissance de la part des actifs dans la population représente un défi économique majeur. Francis Mer, ministre de l'Economie et des Finances de la France de 2002 à 2004, analyse les enjeux du vieillissement dans cet entretien à ParisTech Review.
In all developed countries, the increase in life expectancy -almost three months a year at the current rate- coupled with the fall in the fertility rates has resulted in an inevitable demographic ageing. By the year 2050, a quarter of the French population, for example, will be over 65 years compared to 16 per cent today. The decline in the proportion of active population to inactive is a major economic challenge. Francis Mer, Minister for Economics and Finances of France from 2002 to 2004, analyses the consequences of an ageing population.

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