FILE - This Friday, March 3, 2017 file picture shows CEO Airbus Helicopters Guillaume Faury while visiting the Airbus Helicopters company plant in Marignane near Marseille, southern France. Airbus board of directors has named Guillaume Faury as its new chief executive officer. He will replace long-serving Tom Enders next April. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)

LONDON – Airbus announced its new pick for Chief Executive Officer. Guillaume Faury, who currently serves as the President of Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft wing, will succeed Tom Enders, the current CEO on April 10 next year after the IATA Annual General Meeting.

Enders, aged 59, commented on the new appointment, giving positive light on what a significant choice Faury is for Airbus.

“Guillaume is an excellent choice. He has gained broad industrial and aeronautic experience over many years and in many roles both inside and outside Airbus,” he said.

“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.”

Guillaume Faury has been at Airbus since 1998, serving various senior management positions at the likes of Eurocopter, starting in Engineering and making his way up to Executive VP for Research and Development.

He then left Airbus to join Peugeot where he served under the same position before returning back to Airbus in 2013 as CEO of the Helicopters wing.

Early 2018 saw him become President of the Commercial wing following the departure of Eric Schulz, and now following Enders’ eventual departure next year, he is now holding the top spot. 

“I am honored 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,” Faury said.

“For the coming months, I remain fully dedicated to leading the commercial aircraft business, delivering our utmost to satisfy our commercial aircraft customers and transitioning the organization to the next generation of leaders.”

It will be interesting to see what Faury has to say on the current Airbus programs, especially the A380, which again has been experiencing teething problems with survivability.