Meet Icore International's Enguerrand Guilloux, one of North Bay Business Journal's 2019 Forty Under 40
Enguerrand Guilloux, 37, director of programs for Icore International Inc. in Santa Rosa, is one of North Bay Business Journal's Forty Under 40 notable young professionals for 2019.
Responsibilities with your company: I lead the Safran interconnect U.S. Program Management Office (PMO) which is in charge of all new projects throughout the program life cycle. I coordinate the daily activities of five program managers located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico
How do you exemplify the spirit of being a top Forty Under 40 professional?: I'm driven to create meaningful change, lead with confidence and inspire others to transform and promote the aerospace industry in Sonoma County.
Years with company: 13
Length of time in current position: 3 years
Number who report to you: 5
Greatest professional accomplishment: I moved to the U.S. in 2017 to support the Boeing 787 program as a junior aerospace engineer. After years of perseverance and dedication, I'm now part of the senior management team leading the development phase of all major new aerospace programs for the Safran interconnect division. I'm proud of my personal progression within the Safran group. But my greatest accomplishment is to be now the mentor of several junior program managers eager for advises and guidances to one day become the next director of programs for Icore international Inc.
Greatest professional challenge: During 13 years within the Safran Group, I had the chance to work in multiple countries like France, UK, Tunisia, Mexico and the U.S. Working in a new culture is an unforgettable experience, but it has also been my greatest challenge as I had to adapt to a new culture and environment every 2 to 3 years.
Best advice received: Listening is the most important skill that every manager should constantly improve if they want to, one day, become a leader within their industry.
Single most important event in your professional life in the last 12 months: The completion of my Executive MBA at the Sonoma State University. I graduated in February 22nd 2019
What steps is your company taking to sustain your organization and morale in the current economy?: For years, the company was only focused on the corporate goals but since the 2017 fire, the company realized the importance to be involved within the local community. Following the example of Keysight in Santa Rosa, the company is participating more to local events. Recently, Icore International Inc received an award from the Sonoma county for its integration program for persons with disabilities.
Next professional goal: My next professional goal is to open my own consulting firm focused on the aerospace industry.
Education: Bachelor of Science (Aerospace Engineering, Class of 2003) University of Bordeaux 1 (Bordeaux, France); Master of Science (Aerospace Engineering, Class of 2005) University of Bordeaux 1 (Bordeaux, France); executive master's of business administration (Cohort 9, Class of 2019). Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park)
Hometown: Chartres, France
Community/nonprofit activities: During holidays, I volunteer at the redwood gospel mission to prepare meals.
Mentor/admired businessperson: Mentor: Mark McGrath who was my first boss when i arrived in the US. Admired businessperson: Elon Musk
What is your most disliked buzzword?: Corporate Synergy. Buzzword used by corporate executive when they do a take-over or a merger while synergy should be only about partnership and collaboration.
Typical day at the office: When you are a director of programs in the aerospace industry, their is not typical day at the office. Every day is a new adventure.
Best place to work outside of your office: The airline lounge of an airport terminal.
Hobbies: Mountain biking, road biking and going to a concerts with friends.
What you wanted to be when you grew up?: When i grew up, my goal was to become a fighter pilot but i quickly realized that i would have a hard time to comply with military rules. For this reason, I redirected my education path to become an aerospace engineer.
No. 1 thing you want to accomplish by the time you turn 40: Climbing Mount Rainier (Washington state)
First job: Aircraft mechanics for Britair which is now part of the Air France Airline.
Social media you most use: Facebook
Favorite book: :Paris in the 20th Century” by Jules Verne
Favorite movie: “Pulp fiction”
Favorite after-work drink: Henhouse beer. An honest day's work.
Last vacation: Phuket, Thailand
What does your mom or dad brag most about you?: My parents are very proud that i followed my dream and become successful in a foreign country.
Favorite app: Pandora. This is my go to app for music.