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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Airbus China Announces New President

Airbus China announced Eric Chen as its new president, and also appointed Rafael Gonzalez-Ripoll-Garzon as its new chief operating officer (COO).

(Airbus China President Eric Chen)

Chen had previously served as the senior vice president of commercial and external affairs, prior to taking over his new role on Jan. 1st. Gonzalez-Ripoll-Garzon had previously served as the head of the Center of Excellence Empennage/Aft Fuselage of Airbus in Spain.

“I feel much more the challenge than the honor in the job of President of Airbus China,” said Chen. “China is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world. My predecessor Laurence Barron and the entire Airbus China team have laid a solid foundation for the further development of Airbus in China and I will continue to lead Airbus’ development in China to new highs.”

Chen will look to take advantage of the anticipated demand for new aircraft in China and the Asia Pacific region in coming years. In its 2012 global market forecast, Airbus predicted that China would be the single biggest market for aircraft deliveries over the next 20 years. More

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