PARIS — A government Cabinet meeting Sept. 12 appointed Stéphane Reb as director of the international development department at the French Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) procurement office, a Defense Ministry statement said.
Armaments engineer Reb replaces Yves Blanc, who left the job in July after just over a year in the position. No official reason was given for Blanc’s departure.
The head of international development is one of the most senior defense posts as the director represents the French government in arms export campaigns. The director often accompanies the defense minister on trips abroad, and represents the DGA head.
Reb is a graduate of the élite Ecole Polytechnique University and joined the DGA in 1991 as head of feasibility studies for tactical missiles.
Reb later worked as manager on the Mirage 2000N and D combat jets. In 2001 Reb joined the Organisation conjointe de coopération en matière d’armement European procurement office to work as program director on the Tiger attack helicopter, and returned in 2009 to the DGA to head the management unit for the Rafale, which included Mirage 2000, Mirage F1, modernized Super Etendard, and demonstrators for unmanned combat aerial vehicles.