Alberto Gutiérrez, 56, has been appointed
Head of Military Aircraft within Airbus Defence and Space,
effective 1 January 2019.
Alberto will report to Airbus Defence and Space Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) Dirk Hoke and become Member of the
division’s Executive Committee. He will also
serve as Head of Airbus Spain, overseeing the company’s overall
business activities in the country.
Alberto succeeds Fernando Alonso,
62, who will retire after 40 years in the aerospace industry, 37
of which were at Airbus. Fernando Alonso will stay on until the end
of March 2019 to ensure a smooth transition with his successor.
“I thank Fernando for his outstanding engagement and inspiring
leadership over all these years. In fact, he’s one of the best
people leaders I have ever met in our industry,” said Airbus CEO
Tom Enders. “Fernando looks
back on an excellent career with countless achievements. Not only
was he instrumental in recovering the critical
A400M situation at
the helm of Military Aircraft in recent years; he also contributed
to the development and bringing to operation all of our Airbus
Family Aircraft as a Flight Test Engineer. With thousands of
flight test hours under his belt, he performed the maiden flights
of the A340-200 in 1992, the A319 in 1997, the A380 in April 2005
and the A350 XWB in June 2013. That is one impressive track
record! I wish him a well-deserved retirement.”
Alberto Gutiérrez, currently
Deputy Head of Military Aircraft within Airbus Defence and Space
since July 2017, was CEO for Eurofighter GmbH based in Germany
from 2013 to 2016.
He started his career in 1985 as an
engineer and has held many senior management positions in Airbus
Defence and Space as Head of Operations for Airbus Military and
Head of Eurofighter Production for Germany and Spain. He has a
Telecommunications Engineering degree from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid.
Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space,
said, “With Alberto Gutiérrez, we have a successor to Fernando who
brings an extensive background and expertise in Military Aircraft.
His business intimacy is a crucial asset as we look towards
exploring a range of new opportunities in the defence business
ranging from campaigns on existing platforms like the Eurofighter
or the A330MRTT to new projects like the Future Combat Air System. Alberto’s strong customer focus combined with programme and
engineering expertise, make him the ideal candidate to continue
our improvement and growth journey in our Military Aircraft
business in the coming years.”