Jean-Paul Alary started his career in the engineering division of Safran Aircraft Engines, then moved to the production division. After heading a business unit at Safran Power Units, he joined Safran Nacelles in 2004 as CF34-8/-10 program manager, and was subsequently named head of the "future single-aisle jet" program. In April 2007 Jean-Paul Alary was named head of Aircelle's Large Nacelles division, then Vice President, Programs in May 2008. He moved to Snecma's Commercial Engine division in 2010 as head of customer support. On July 1, 2013, Jean-Paul Alary was named Executive Vice President, Safran Electronics & Defense. In June 2015, he was named CEO of Safran Nacelles and also a member of the Executive Committee. Jean-Paul Alary graduated from the Ecole Centrale Paris engineering school (1990).