The Airbus board of directors have picked Guillaume Faury to succeed Tom Enders as chief executive officer (CEO) from next year.
Faury, who is president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft will succeed Enders, who remains CEO until the Annual General Meeting on 10 April 2019 when Faury’s appointment will be submitted to shareholders.
The 50-year-old held management roles at Eurocopter from 1998 to 2008, starting in engineering, then flight test, before becoming executive vice president for commercial programmes then executive vice president for research and development.
He joined Peugeot in 2009 where he served as executive vice president for research and development, before joining Airbus in May 2013 as CEO for Airbus Helicopters then Airbus Commercial Aircraft in early 2018.
Enders says: “He has gained broad industrial and aeronautic experience over many years and in many roles both inside and outside Airbus. With his strong values and international mindset, Guillaume stands for the new generation of leaders that Airbus needs for the coming decade. He knows he can rely on me to facilitate a smooth transition.”
Commenting on his new role, Faury says: “I am honoured to have been selected by the Board to lead this extraordinary company. I look forward to taking on this new challenge with passion and enthusiasm, relying on the exceptional expertise and engagement of all Airbus people around the world.”
Airbus chairman of the board of directors, Denis Ranque adds: “We are delighted to be appointing someone of Guillaume’s calibre to take the helm. His global outlook, extensive operational experience, strong personal values and straightforward leadership style make him the ideal candidate to rally Airbus teams in the delivery of value to customers, partners and shareholders going forward.”