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Nexcelle names Kenneth Onderko and Lionel Drévillon as Executive Vice Presidents for the engine nacelle joint venture

June 9, 2015
By Business Wire News


Nexcelle has appointed Kenneth Onderko and Lionel Drévillon as its two new Executive Vice Presidents, joining the management team for this joint venture of GE’s Middle River Aircraft Systems and Aircelle (Safran) that produces jet engine nacelle solutions for integrated propulsion systems.

The Executive Vice Presidents have responsibilities in overseeing program execution and operations – working closely with the parent companies’ respective teams as Nexcelle pursues the development, certification and production ramp-up for its nacelle products.

Onderko is a GE employee who joined the company in 1986. His career includes a variety of design, project engineering and management positions, involving responsibilities from development, production and growth strategy to reliability, lifecycle management and product investment priorities.

From 2001 to 2006, he had various program roles and management duties at GE Aviation for the GP7200 high-thrust turbofan engine, which was developed in a GE Aviation joint venture with Pratt & Whitney; and helped guide the CF34-8 Growth and CF34-10E programs through their engineering development and entry into service. Onderko also was the GEnx Product Line Manufacturing Technology Manager, leading the execution of business-strategic manufacturing cost technology programs for this large jet engine from 2006 to 2010. After moving to GE Power and Water in 2010, he was Product Line Leader for the LMS100, responsible for the lifecycle management of this 100-MW-category gas turbine powerplant.

Onderko holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Xavier University. He became a certified Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma business improvement methodologies while working in GE Aviation’s Commercial Engines Operation.

Drévillon is an Aircelle employee who gained extensive product and marketing experience within the company and the businesses of Aircelle’s parent organization, Safran, since 2001. This includes program manager and director positions from 2007 to 2012 at Snecma (Safran) for CFM56-5A, 5B and 5C engines – as well as operational marketing responsibilities – in support of its CFM International joint venture with GE Aviation; and two project manager positions in Aircelle’s Engineering Department from 2001 to 2007 during the Airbus A380 nacelle’s development and production.

He worked at GE Energy from 1995 to 2001, with positions as the 6000B gas turbine’s Technical Product Line Manager, the Project Leader for development of combustion and fuel systems, as well as an accessories and industrialization engineer.

Drévillon currently is Aircelle’s representative at the GE Middle River Aircraft Systems facility in the U.S. state of Maryland, coordinating the two companies’ partnership for the Nexcelle joint venture – a position that he will retain in addition to his new Nexcelle Executive Vice President responsibilities. He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from France’s National College of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (ENSMA).

About Nexcelle (

Nexcelle is creating smart nacelle systems for tomorrow’s world travel. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, the company is a 50/50 joint venture of Aircelle (Safran) and Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS), which are leading suppliers of engine nacelles, thrust reversers and aerostructures. Through Nexcelle’s relationship with CFM International, GE Aviation and Safran, the company brings unparalleled expertise in the design, development, production and support of integrated propulsion systems for a wide range of aircraft. Nexcelle has been selected to supply the nacelle systems for two major engine programs: the CFM International LEAP-1C integrated propulsion system on COMAC’s C919 airliner, and the GE Passport engine for Bombardier’s Global 7000 and 8000 business jet aircraft.

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