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Homage to Olivier Dassault
Homage to Olivier Dassault
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Homage to Olivier Dassault

Dassault Aviation pays tribute to Olivier Dassault, who died in a helicopter accident on March 7, 2021. A former student of the Ecole de l'Air, he held several world speed records on the Falcon.

Passionate about aviation

"Passionate about aviation, like his grandfather Marcel Dassault and his father Serge Dassault, he has always taken a keen interest in the development of our company's activities," emphasizes the Dassault Aviation press release. Born on June 1, 1951 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, an engineer from the Ecole de l'Air, Olivier Dassault holds a DEA in mathematics and a PhD in business computing. To his scientific training, he adds, with his first steps in professional life, experience in the communication professions, notably as a film producer, then by creating his own communication agency.

World speed co-recordman

A professional pilot since 1975, Olivier Dassault is co-recordman of the world of speed - with Hervé Le Prince-Ringuet in 1977 from New York to Paris on Falcon 50 and in 1987 from New Orleans to Paris on Falcon 900 - and with Guy Mitaux-Maurouard and Patrick Experton in 1996 on Falcon 900EX from Paris to Abu Dhabi and from Paris to Singapore. In 1986, Serge Dassault entrusted him with several missions and responsibilities within Dassault, appointing him deputy director of Europe Falcon Service, then director of civil aircraft strategy. Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault (GIMD) until 2017, he has been a director of Dassault Aviation since 1996. Throughout his life, he was a determined defender of our company and of French aeronautics. Moreover, on Thursday, March 4, 2021, during the last Board of Directors meeting, he gave his full support to the company in its management of the covid 19 crisis.

Committed press Man

A press man, he was Chairman of the Valmonde Group, where he created the magazine Jours de Chasse (2000) dedicated to one of his other passions, and then a director of Socpresse (now Groupe Figaro) after it was bought out by GIMD in 2004. Parallel to his professional life, he is involved in political life. He was elected deputy (RPR) in 1988, winning back the first constituency of the Oise in by-elections. He has been a member of Parliament for the Oise region from 1988 to 1997 and since 2002.

A press man, he was Chairman of the Valmonde Group, where he created the magazine Jours de Chasse (2000) dedicated to one of his other passions, and then a director of Socpresse (now Groupe Figaro) after it was bought out by GIMD in 2004. Parallel to his professional life, he is involved in political life. He was elected deputy (RPR) in 1988, winning back the first constituency of the Oise in by-elections. He has been a member of Parliament for the Oise region from 1988 to 1997 and since 2002.

Musician and photographer

An artist at heart, Olivier Dassault is an accomplished musician. In particular, he composed the sound emblem of the National Assembly, offering this institution another facet of his creative personality. He is also a renowned photographer. He has published numerous books on photography and has regularly exhibited his work with success, both in France and abroad. Reserve Commander of the Air and Space Forces, he was Knight of the Legion of Honor, Officer in the National Order of Merit and Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. "Olivier Dassault was a man of many talents: pilot, engineer, politician, artist, whose achievements I have appreciated on many occasions. First and foremost, he was a very present director, always at the company's side in the many challenges it faces," said Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation. To his wife, his three children, his sister and his brothers, our company expresses its deep emotion, gratitude and support".

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