Académie des technologies

Florence Verlut

  • Executive Vice-President Aviation Safety and Quality
  • Airbus Helicopters
  • 41 years old
  • Sponsored by Denis Ranque in 2022

Why a career in tech?

I have always been eager to understand the world: archeology, biology, genetics, mechanics and astronomy have liven my life up. Technology, used advisedly, is a dream booster that brings progress to its children.

Your professional experience?

Engineer from the Ecole Centrale Paris, I join Airbus Group in 2005 in Research & Development. I draw the helicopters of the future. After an 8-years professional experience in Germany, I take the head of electrical systems design and integration department. In 2020, I am VP Support Engineering for helicopters customers.

Your first experience with technology?

When I was in elementary school, my father, international expert in dams conception, explained the stakes of hydraulic energy to the whole class.

What do you do today, and why?

I’m about to integrate the Airbus Helicopters executive committee as the quality & flight safety representative.

Your strengths in this role?

Curiosity, rigor, empathy.

Past challenges, failures and disappointments?

The intensive foundation degree, a period of time that teaches humility and dedication.

Best moments, successes you’re proud of?

In 2010, I developed a method to measure the environmental impact of helicopters in operation. This work, performed with research organizations and industry, led to an international standard. I keep an emotional memory of the first flight of the H145 too, a helicopter version I sized the main parameters.

People who helped, influenced -or made your life difficult?

My paternal grandmother, born in 1914, made a successful career in National Education. She established herself in her times against cliché and kept her interest and willingness of trying new things until her last years. At Airbus Helicopters, one of the heads of Engineering, through his trustful and inspiring approach, encouraged me to carry on my ambitions staying true to myself.

Your hopes and future challenges?

Carrying on improving flight safety on all axes. On a more personal area, carrying on bringing up my children in their development showing them that everything is possible.

What do you do when you don’t work?

I co-lead the family organization, I read, and I run.

Your heroes -from History or fiction?

Two physicians from history: Marie Curie and Mileva Maric-Einstein

A saying or proverb you like in particular?

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

A book to take with you on a desert island?

« Le parfum d’Adam » written by Jean-François Rufin

A message to young female professionals?

Dare what you want to do and build on your network.


The questionnaire answered by the Women of Tech is a variant of the Proust questionnaire, named not because Marcel Proust got lost in the Paris metro, but in memory of Emilie du Chatelet, a woman of letters, mathematician and physicist, renowned for her translation of Newton's Principia Mathematica and the dissemination of Leibniz's physics work. She was a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Bologna Institute. Emilie du Chatelet led a free and fulfilled life during the era of the Enlightenment and published a speech on happiness.

Emilie Du Chatelet

Woman of letters, mathematician and physicist

1706 - 1749