Nexcelle has appointed Sugato Bhattacharjee as president.
The company is an engine nacelle joint venture between Safran Nacelles (Safran) and Middle River Aerostructure Systems (MRAS), a subsidiary of ST Engineering.
Bhattacharjee is a member of the MRAS leadership team and has extensive experience in management, design, manufacturing, and engineering. This includes managerial positions on international jet engine programmes and in the joint venture environment.
Prior to his appointment as Nexcelle president, Bhattacharjee was MRAS’ senior product manager for regional nacelle programmes.
He began his aviation industry career in 1996, joining GE Aviation as a structural design engineer, then progressing through a number of expanded roles involving product design and manufacturing before being named a ‘Six Sigma Black Belt’.
Bhattacharjee then took on an executive engineering manager role before joining the product management executive team for GE’s GEnx high-thrust turbofan jet engine. In 2010, Bhattacharjee served as manufacturing programs director at CFM, the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE. He has also served as executive director of customer training and MRO.
The Nexcelle presidency rotates between MRAS and Safran Nacelles, and Bhattacharjee succeeds the latter’s Patrice Provost, who was been president since early 2019. Provost continues his relationship with Nexcelle as one of the joint venture’s two executive vice presidents.
Nexcelle develops, produces, and supplies nacelle systems for two engine applications: GE Aviation’s Passport, which powers Bombardier’s Global 7500 twin-jet business aircraft; and CFM’s LEAP-1C, which is utilised on the COMAC C919 twin-engine jetliner.