Bernard Delvaux will leave Sonaca after thirteen years in the group, he announced this Tuesday morning. He will leave his post on September 1, in favor of Yves Delatte, who joined Sonaca in 2012.
“The Board of Directors would like to thank Bernard Delvaux for his contribution to the recovery and expansion of the Sonaca Group. Bernard Delvaux has transformed the Group to make it a major global player in the field of development and production of corporate structures. planes, all customers combined.With around ten years of experience within the Group, including 8 as a member of the Management Committee, the new CEO, Yves Delatte is able to successfully continue the trajectory initiated by Bernard Delvaux, aiming at both operational performance and financial profitability, but also a positive contribution, direct and indirect, to the economic and social fabric of Wallonia“, specifies the company based in Gosselies and which employs 3,400 people in Belgium.
Contacted by La Libre, Bernard Delvaux explains that he is leaving the Belgian company to become CEO “from a large industrial group, not particularly active in aviation” from September 1st. “I cannot yet reveal the name of my future employer, but at my age and with my experience, it is a challenge that I want to take up. I will take a little vacation this summer, but the goal is to accompany my successor until the transition “.
“We have reduced our staff very significantly”
The future ex-CEO of Sonaca believes that the Walloon company is ready for a “fruitful future”. “We are a sector that has been terribly affected by the Covid crisis and its consequences. We manufacture far fewer planes than two years ago and that this will last for some time to come. We had to adapt and , unfortunately closed factories in China and the United States. We have reduced our staff significantly and we still have economic unemployment in Belgium, but we have sufficient liquidity for the years to come. There is a good prospect of growth with voumes which will come back gradually “. In 2020, the Walloon equipment manufacturer saw its turnover fall by nearly 50% in 2020, to around 430 million euros.In its factories abroad, it had to carry out massive layoffs, around 1,500 people out of a total of 3,000 for its establishments in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Romania.
Bernard Delvaux, however, says he is proud not to have known “no social conflict” major during these thirteen years at the head of Sonaca. “We have always been transparent with the unions who shared the same objectives as us. Throughout these years, I have had the chance to work alongside many Group employees, all over the world. I appreciated their enormous expertise in the aviation sector and their tremendous enthusiasm “.