André-Hubert Roussel, 53, currently Head of
Operations at Airbus Defence and Space, has been proposed as the
person to succeed Alain Charmeau, 62, as Chief Executive Officer
of Ariane Group, effective 1 January 2019.
Alain Charmeau will retire in 2019 after a transition phase
from 1 January to 31 March 2019, during which he will serve as
Special Advisor to the new CEO of Ariane Group.
A veteran of
Airbus, Charmeau previously led programmes for the company such as
Ariane 5, the Automated Transfer Vehicle, the Columbus science
laboratory for the International Space Station and the French
deterrence missile activities.
Since 2015, Charmeau has been at
the helm of Ariane Group, a 50-50 joint venture between Airbus and
Safran, and has successfully integrated Europe’s space launcher
“Alain has done a tremendous job at Ariane Group
and before at Airbus and Aerospatiale. Since almost 40 years he
has contributed much to the success of our defence and space
programmes. With this succession, we bid farewell to a great
colleague and one of Europe’s preeminent space industry leaders.
Alain is not easy to replace but I am convinced André-Hubert with
his impressive space and operations experience is the perfect
choice to take Ariane Group to the next level,” said Tom Enders,
CEO of Airbus.
Since 2016, André-Hubert Roussel has been
serving as Head of Operations and Member of the Executive
Committee at Airbus Defence and Space. Since July 2018, he has
also been a member of the Ariane Group Board of Directors.
Previously, he was in charge of Engineering at Airbus Defence and
Space. Before assuming those duties, Roussel was Head of
Engineering, Operations and Quality for the Space Systems business
unit inside Airbus Defence and Space. In 2014, Roussel took the
lead for the Launcher Programmes at Airbus and played a decisive
role in the launch of the Ariane 6 programme as well as in the
creation of the Ariane Group joint venture. He began his
professional career in 1990 and holds a degree in Engineering from
École Polytechnique and École Nationale Supérieure des
Télécommunications. Roussel is married with four children.
Philippe Petitcolin, CEO of Safran, said, “I would like to thank Alain Charmeau most
sincerely for his work since the creation of Ariane Group more than
three years ago, both in reorganising the European launchers
sector in order to increase competitiveness and efficiency during
the development of Ariane 6, and also within the defence sector.
We have complete confidence in André-Hubert Roussel to continue
this exciting task, which will enable Europe to retain its
independent access to space, and for which the support of ESA and
the European nations, as well as the national space agencies, is