Airbus has appointed Eric Schulz as Executive
Vice President, Chief of Sales, Marketing & Contracts for the
company’s Commercial Aircraft business.
He will join Airbus at the
end of January 2018 and will report to Chief Executive Officer Tom
Schulz comes from Rolls-Royce where he has been
serving as President – Civil Aerospace since January 2016. At
Airbus, he will succeed John Leahy, 67, who has been at the helm
of the Commercial Aircraft’s sales organisation since 1994.
are glad to have Eric Schulz joining our team. He has broad
international experience in the aerospace industry, a deep understanding of airline operations and aero engines as well as a
proven track record in building and effectively leading organisations in complex environments. This combination of skills
and experience makes Eric the right pick to succeed John Leahy at
a critical juncture of our company’s development,” said Tom
Eric Schulz started his career in 1986 with
Aerospatiale-Sogerma and has since held numerous senior management
positions in companies like UTA, Air France, AOM, Air Liberté-British
Airways, Goodrich, EADS and Rolls-Royce.
He holds a Master’s
Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Geneva Engineering
School and in Aeronautical Engineering from Paris’ ESTA
Engineering and Technology School.
“There are not enough words to express the
gratitude I feel for John Leahy both on a professional and
personal level. His contribution to Airbus’ commercial aircraft
business is epic. His relentless efforts, his vision and his
dedication were key factors in propelling the company from an
industry underdog to a world leader. No matter how hard the
challenge I have never seen John give up on anything,” said
Enders. “His tremendous fighting spirit and his unwavering loyalty
to the Airbus flag have made him an inspiration for many,
including me. He has become a good personal friend and I wish him
a restful and well-deserved retirement.”
John Leahy joined Airbus in 1985 from Piper Aircraft in the U.S. and will retire
after 33 years of service.
More than 16,000 aircraft, 90% of all Airbus
aircraft ever sold, were sold under his leadership.
John Leahy will remain
with Airbus for a few months’ transition period with his
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