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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Airbus Confirms Top Management

Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders appointed his top management team. The new Airbus Executive Committee (EC) will comprise nine members, three less than previously. Confirmed EC members are COO Fabrice Brégier, CFO Hans Peter Ring, COO Customers John Leahy, EVP Programmes Tom Williams; EVP Engineering Patrick Gavin, and EVP Operations Gerald Weber.  New appointees to the Airbus EC are Thierry Baril as EVP Human Resources, effective October 1 2007, and Klaus Richter as EVP Procurement, who will join Airbus on November 1 2007.  Since the departure of the previous function heads, HR and Procurement have been lead by EADS HR Director Jussi Itävuori and Tom Williams respectively. Furthermore, Christian Scherer is appointed EVP Strategy and Future Programmes, reporting directly to the CEO. The appointments were agreed by EADS CEO.  Brégier will continue to have operational responsibility for Power8, the company’s wide-ranging restructuring and change programme. His other main responsibilities include the EC functions Operations, Engineering and Procurement, and the A350 programme. “Today’s decisions complete the reshuffle of Airbus’ top executive team. The new, leaner management structure allows for clear leadership and accountabilities. It will enable faster decision-making and better integration of processes and functions all across the company. The new top management reflects – in structure as well as in competence – the challenges and priorities we have to tackle in the coming years. Together with this team, I will continue to build the new Airbus, started by Louis Gallois,” said Tom Enders when announcing the new organization.
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