Airbus’ New CEO– Guillaume Faury—Bienvenue

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Airbus Names Faury To Succeed Enders as CEO

Engineer and Test Pilot

Extensive Experience

Eurocopter and Airbus Helicopter

 

From the Airbus announcement

The Board of Directors of Airbus SE … has selected Guillaume Faury as future Airbus Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Faury, 50, who currently serves as President Airbus Commercial Aircraft, will succeed Tom Enders, 59, who remains CEO until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 10 April 2019, when the appointment of Faury as executive member of the Board will be submitted to shareholders.

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Guillaume Faury served in various senior management roles at Eurocopter from 1998 to 2008. Starting in Engineering, then Flight Test, he later became Executive Vice President for Commercial Programmes, then Executive Vice President for Research and Development.

In 2009, Faury joined Peugeot S.A., where he served as Executive Vice President for Research and Development as a Member of the Managing Board. In May 2013, Faury returned to Airbus as CEO of Airbus Helicopters and in early 2018 he took the helm of Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

From an airworthiness perspective it is always positive news that the CEO is an engineer and a pilot.[1] The multi-national company faces some challenges: A320neo delays, slow sales of the A330neo, and a lack of new customers for the A380. Airbus also could face a major disruption of its supply chain if the UK exits the EU without a deal at the end of March 2019.

It would be interesting to see how the Board questioned M. Fleury about these events during his years at Airbus Helicopters and Eurocopter:

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Report on the air accident near Turøy, Øygarden municipality, Hordaland county, Norway 29 April 2016 with Airbus Helicopters EC 225 LP, LN-OJF, operated by CHC Helikopter Service AS -AIBN

Metal fatigue caused fatal Airbus helicopter crash: Norway final report

The crash of an Airbus Super Puma helicopter that killed all 13 people aboard was the result of metal fatigue in its gearbox, Norway’s Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) said in its final report on Thursday, confirming past findings.

“The accident was a result of a fatigue fracture in a second stage planet gear in the epicyclic module of the main rotor gearbox,” investigators reiterated on Thursday.

“Cracks initiated from a micro-pit at the surface and developed subsurface to a catastrophic failure without being detected.”

Investigators said they had excluded material unconformity and mechanical failure, as well as maintenance actions by the helicopter operator, as causes for the crash. Nor was there any connection between the crew handling and the accident, said the report…

The design and manufacture of the parts at issue likely were by a third party. These gearboxes were maintained by the operator. Obviously, Airbus’ Board was comfortable with the response.

[1] Guillaume began his career in 1992 as a flight-test engineer for the Eurocopter Tiger helicopter in the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), the French government agency responsible for the development and purchase of defence systems for the French armed forces.

He graduated from the École polytechnique in Paris in 1990 and, subsequently, from the École nationale supérieure de l’aéronautique et de l’espace in Toulouse.

Guillaume’s love of flying and aviation dates back to his childhood. He is a qualified light-aircraft pilot and helicopter flight-test engineer with 1,300 hours of flying experience.



 

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