Airbus has appointed Chris Emerson as President
of Airbus Defense and Space Inc., a subsidiary of Airbus Americas.
Emerson previously served as President of
Airbus Helicopters Inc. and head of the North America region.
Emerson’s new role moves him from the Airbus
Helicopters Inc. headquarters in Grand Prairie, Texas to the
Airbus Defense and Space Inc. headquarters in Herndon, VA.
With this leadership change, Airbus
Helicopters Inc.’s government and military programs including the
UH-72A Lakota and business functional roles supporting them will
move to Airbus Defense and Space Inc., reporting to Emerson. The
programs and employees transitioning to Airbus Defense and Space
Inc. will continue operations in Grand Prairie, Texas.
“Chris has been a consistently strong performer
and leader here at Airbus. His diverse leadership background in
finance and marketing, as well as his insight across the broad
portfolio of Airbus products will help position us for renewed
growth in the North American defense market,” said Jeff Knittel,
Chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas.
Emerson was selected as President of Airbus
Helicopters Inc., in 2015 after serving as Senior Vice President
of Marketing at Airbus Commercial Aircraft in Toulouse, France.
Previously, Emerson was EADS North America/Airbus Group’s Chief
Financial Officer charged with leading the company’s partnership
with Northrop Grumman in the U.S. Air Force’s Tanker competition.
“I am excited about this new chapter at Airbus.
We are in a great position to transform how we conduct our
day-to-day operations and deliver world class products and
services for our defense and homeland security customers,” Emerson
said. “To address the emerging markets and challenging
requirements of our customers, we will build upon the successes of
our existing platforms as we strive to become the benchmark for
the Defense Department commercially derivative acquisitions.”
Emerson graduated from the University of Alabama
with a degree in International Finance. He completed an Executive
Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from Massachusetts
Institute of Technology’s Sloane School of Management.
married and has two daughters.