Michel Abella is Appointed President of Nexcelle, the GE Aviation and
Aircelle (Safran) Nacelle Joint Venture
CINCINNATI -- August 1, 2013
Nexcelle, the joint venture company of GE Aviation and Aircelle (Safran), has
named Michel Abella as its new president.
Abella has nearly 40 years of aeronautical experience in jet engines,
nacelles, aerostructures, aircraft systems, powerplant integration and program
management. This expertise will be applied as Nexcelle pursues its development
of nacelle systems for next-generation integrated propulsion systems that
equip commercial airliners and business jets.
In particular, Abella will oversee Nexcelle’s ramp up of production and
initial hardware delivery for the company’s two current program wins: the
nacelle systems for CFM International’s LEAP-1C integrated propulsion system
on COMAC’s C919 airliner and the GE Passport engine for Bombardier’s Global
7000 and Global 8000 twin-jet business aircraft.
Prior to his appointment, Abella was the Director of Programs at Nexcelle.
Previously, Abella was the A380 Nacelle Program Director at Aircelle, with
overall program management responsibility for nacelles that equip both engine
options on the Airbus double-deck jetliner: Rolls-Royce’s Trent 900 and the
Engine Alliance GP7200. He also was Plant and Operations Director at
Aircelle’s nacelle integration and podding facility in Toulouse, France, with
additional responsibility as the company interface for Airbus.
Other positions held during Abella’s industry career included the Operations
General Manager with Snecma (Safran) in Toulouse for CFM56 engines, as well as
the Paris-based program manager for CFM56-5C powerplants used on the Airbus
Abella is a graduated Mechanical Engineer from the Institut National des
Sciences Appliquées in Lyon, France, and has pursued diversified management
and training courses in both France and the U.S. He also is a certified
In his new role as Nexcelle’s president, Abella succeeds Huntley Myrie, who
was appointed to an expanded role to manage Nacelles Products across GE
Aviation, including GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems.
About Nexcelle (www.nexcelle.com)
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 and GE Aviation 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
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