Airbus appoints new programme leaders

From 1 March, new management appointments will be made effective at Airbus as a result of the nomination of Didier Evrard as EVP programmes in December 2014.Patrick Piedrafita, currently head of the A330 family programme, is to become head of the A350 XWB programme, reporting directly to Evrard. Taking Piedrafita’s place will be Eric Zanin – currently head of procurement ops – who will also report directly to Evrard.Charles Champion, in addition to his current role as EVP engineering and member of the Airbus executive committee, is being assigned another role previously held by Patrick Piedrafita, of ‘président délégué et directeur général of Airbus operations SAS’. In this specific role, Champion will report to Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and CEO.“I would like to thank Patrick Piedrafita for the pivotal role he has played in bringing together all of Airbus’s activities in France under one roof, creating the single, harmonised operation we have in place today,” commented Brégier. “I am delighted to appoint Patrick as the new head of the A350 XWB programme and to leverage his valuable experience and leadership skills in programme management. Patrick brings the ideal expertise from the successful A330 programme just as the A350 XWB enters its series production and ramp-up phase, both essential for the company’s long-term success.”Elsewhere, Klaus Roewe, currently head of the A320neo programme, will become head of the A320 family programme, reporting to Evrard and succeeding Daniel Baubil. This frees up Baubil to take over the responsibility of senior advisor to Evrard. Baubil will be in charge of the cross programmes competitiveness projects within the programme organisation.Brégier also commented on some of the other management appointments: “As we focus our efforts on production challenges in close co-operation with our supply chain partners worldwide, Eric Zanin brings a tremendous wealth of operational and strategic expertise to the A330 family programme moving forwards.“Klaus Roewe has been truly instrumental in successfully driving the A320neo programme. As we approach the transition between the A320ceo and the neo, it makes sense to bring the A320 programme together under one single leadership,” Brégier added.

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