Éric Martel was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier in the spring of 2020. Since then, he has been a driving force behind Bombardier’s successful repositioning as a company purely focused on business aviation. Under his leadership, Bombardier is evolving its industry-leading portfolio of business jets and expanding its service footprint around the world while delivering strong financial results. He is deeply committed to the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance strategy, notably its goals of increasing diversity and the number of women in management positions, and shaping a more sustainable future for business aviation. Mr. Martel is also a member of Bombardier’s Board of Directors.
Prior to his appointment, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec since July 2015. From 2002 until 2015, he held positions of increasing responsibility within Bombardier, including President of Bombardier Business Aircraft, President of Bombardier Aerospace Services, Vice-President and General Manager of the Global and Challenger platforms and he also worked at Bombardier Transportation from 2002 to 2004 as Vice President of Operations for North America. Prior to joining Bombardier, Mr. Martel worked for various other high-profile multinational companies, such as Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, Procter & Gamble and Kraft Foods.
Mr. Martel holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Laval University and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia University in 2019. He was elected as a Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2022.
Mr. Martel has been actively involved with Centraide of Greater Montreal for over 20 years, and co-chairs the fundraising campaign of the Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal. He is also a member Board of Directors of the Corporate Angel Network.