Thanks to his tenure as president of the joint Snecma-Saturn PowerJet company, he learned a lot working to market the fledgling Sam146 engine for the Sukhoi Superjet 100. So Ebanga has had first-hand experience in running a company that has everything to prove. This background equipped him with a unique perspective for taking the reins at CFM, a company that once faced the same uphill struggle for credibility. As a result, Ebanga says, his plans for transforming CFM to meet the challenges of the future reflect the lessons of the past.
“The journey has already begun toward a different CFM. This was one of my areas of focus when I joined the company. My point was that when CFM had been set up in the 1970s and early 1980s, that team did a wonderful job of not only developing the product but also creating the right organization for putting in place all that leverage of the two parent companies. That feat is as remarkable to me as designing the engine itself.
“Then fast forward to now—Leap is launched and we have to ask ourselves to adjust to the coming market expectations over the next 10-20 years,” Ebanga says.
“We had already begun to integrate CFM services into our products. But what is beyond this? We are currently working to define what an engine maker should look like 20-30 years from now and how we can put CFM on the right path to be this 'dream' company. So this means we are working to define what needs to be adjusted, and changed and invented in how GE and Snecma work together. Our challenge is to be even more of an efficient and innovative company.”