Alain Flourens, 61, currently Head of
Engineering for Airbus Helicopters, has been appointed Head of
Industry for Airbus Helicopters, following Christian Cornille’s
departure from Airbus.
Alain will be replaced in his current
position by Stefan Thomé, 47, currently Head of New Business
Models & Services at Airbus Defence and Space.
These management changes are effective on
1 April 2019.
“I would like to sincerely thank Christian
Cornille for his outstanding contributions throughout his 30-year
career within the Airbus family,” said Bruno Even, Airbus
Helicopters Chief Executive Officer. “The expertise of industrial
topics that he developed in many management positions at Airbus, Aerolia, then Airbus Helicopters, has been essential to supporting
the transformation of our industrial model and delivering new
levels of quality and competitiveness. I wish him all the best in
his professional and personal future.”
Alain Flourens joined Airbus Helicopters in
February 2017 from Airbus Commercial Aircraft, where he held
several assignments including Head of the A380 Programme, Head of
the Single Aisle Programme, and Executive Vice President, Head of
the Airbus Centres of Excellence. Flourens began his professional
career in 1982 at the French Ministry of Defence. He graduated
from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris in 1980 and obtained a
degree in engineering from Toulouse ISAE Institute in 1982.
With almost two decades of experience in
helicopter engineering, Stefan Thomé held multiple management
positions at Airbus Helicopters prior to joining Airbus Defence &
Space in 2018. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as Head of Vehicle
Integration & Doors Engineering, leading and managing all
associated activities across Airbus Helicopters, while
contributing to the definition of the Division’s research and
innovation policy. Thomé has an aeronautical engineering degree
from the University of Stuttgart.