Sugato Bhattacharjee has been appointed President of the Nexcelle engine nacelle joint venture of Middle River Aerostructure Systems (a subsidiary of ST Engineering) and Safran Nacelles (Safran).

Sugato BhattacharjeeBhattacharjee is a member of the Middle River Aerostructure Systems (MRAS) leadership team who brings extensive experience in management, design, manufacturing, and engineering – including managerial positions on international jet engine programs and in the joint venture environment.

Prior to his appointment as Nexcelle President, Bhattacharjee was MRAS’ Senior Product Manager for regional nacelle programs. 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.

Subsequently, Bhattacharjee assumed an Executive Engineering Manager role before joining the product management executive team for GE’s GEnx high-thrust turbofan jet engine. In 2010, Bhattacharjee transitioned to CFM* as the Manufacturing Programs Director.  Subsequently, he served as the Executive Director of Customer Training and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) – working with GE Aviation customers worldwide.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University in the U.S., and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from India’s Delhi University.

The Nexcelle presidency rotates between MRAS and Safran Nacelles. Bhattacharjee succeeds Patrice Provost, a Safran Nacelles employee, who was the 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 utilized on the COMAC C919 twin-engine jetliner.

(*) CFM is a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE.

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Nexcelle is creating smart nacelle systems for tomorrow’s world travel. Headquartered in Middle River, Maryland, USA, the company is a 50/50 joint venture of Safran Nacelles and Middle River Aerostructure Systems (MRAS), which are leading suppliers of engine nacelles, thrust reversers and aerostructures. Through Nexcelle’s relationship with CFM, GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, the joint venture brings unparalleled expertise in the design, development, production and support of integrated propulsion systems for commercial and business aircraft.