Airbus China has appointed Eric Chen as Chairman
and George Xu as CEO.
Eric Chen, previously President of Airbus
Commercial Aircraft China, succeeds Laurence Barron as Chairman of
“It’s my privilege to have been working with
Airbus for more than 20 years. As the Chairman of Airbus China, I
will continue to support Airbus’ development in China. We have a
dynamic team here, and with the fresh blood like George joining
our management team, I look forward to an even more promising
future of Airbus China,” said Chen.
Simultaneously, George Xu has been appointed CEO
of Airbus China.
In his role as country head of Airbus China, Xu
is responsible for all Airbus commercial aircraft activities and
for leading the company’s helicopter, defence and space businesses
“I feel honoured to re-join Airbus China as its
CEO. China has the largest Airbus fleet in the world and will
continue as one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the
next decades. My predecessors and the Airbus China team have
achieved great successes in China. I commit to keeping the
momentum going and to continue working closely with our teams to
achieve new successes. I am confident China will continue to play
a key role in Airbus global strategy,” said Xu.
Xu started his career in the Tianjin Economic
and Technology Development Area Administrative Committee in 1995
and was promoted to Deputy Director of the Investment Promotion
Bureau of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone in 2003, and then Director
of the Bureau in 2005.
In 2005, Xu started to work on Airbus A320 Final
Assembly Line programme in China jointly initiated by Airbus and
its Chinese partners. In 2008, he was appointed Deputy General
Manager of the Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line in Tianjin
while remaining Director of the Investment Promotion Bureau of the
Tianjin Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee.
Xu was Chairman of the Board of the Airbus A320
Family Final Assembly Line and, in parallel, Vice President of the
Tianjin Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee in 2011 until
2014. That same year, Xu became Party Secretary of the Tianjin
Xu received a Bachelor’s degree in Information
Management Systems from Tianjin University and a Master’s degree
in Business Administration from Roosevelt University of Chicago.
He also received a PhD in Economics from Nankai University.
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