Kodak appoints new Chairman of European subsidiary

Bourgeois, 56, currently is the Director, Logistics-EAMER, and Vice President, Global Logistics, Director Sourcing, Eastman Kodak S.A.. He succeeds Alain H. Popelard, 62, who has announced his intention to retire from Kodak at the end of March of this year.

Bourgeois joined Kodak in 1973 as a project engineer in manufacturing at Kodak’s facility in Châlon, France. He worked in a variety of positions in Maintenance and Operations Management before being named European Manager for the Consumer Film and Motion Picture Film flows in Manufacturing in the early 1990’s. In 1995, Bourgeois was named Manufacturing Manager of Chalon facility, and in 1997 he extended his role to General Manager of the Kodak group in France. In 2001, Bourgeois was appointed European Manufacturing and Integrated Supply Chain Manager, relocating to Geneva, Switzerland. In 2003, Bourgeois added to his role the European Logistics Management.

A native of Paris, France, Bourgeois also holds a Swiss citizenship. Bourgeois received his education in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris.

Popelard joined Kodak in 1969 as an operations researcher at Kodak Pathe, the company’s subsidiary in France. He worked in a variety of positions before being named the French Manufacturing Manager in 1988. In 1992, Popelard joined the European Region headquarters in London as the European Photofinishing Regional Business Unit Manager, and in 1997, he moved to Rochester as Director of Strategy and Strategic Opportunities in Imaging Materials Manufacturing. He was named to his current position and appointed a vice president in February 2000.

"Over the past year, Alain has provided exceptional leadership in guiding our European regional operations through some of the most challenging times in our company’s history," Henri Petit said. "We wish him all the best for his retirement."