François is the Chairman of the Airbus Ventures Investment Committee. He leads European venture investments. Prior to Airbus Ventures, Francois was a member of the Executive Committee of Airbus Group, as Executive Vice President of Space Systems. A longtime member of organizations that are the foundation of Airbus Group today, François served as CEO of ASTRIUM, the space subsidiary of European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), as well as CFO and Board member of Aerospatiale-Matra, previously Aerospatiale, where he served as CFO for 10 years.

François is a graduate of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), Institut d’etudes politiques de Paris and École Nationale d’Administration (ENA).