EADS' new faces of the future

30 / 01 / 2012

EADS has selected Tom Enders (pictured) to take over the role of chief executive officer (CEO) when Louis Gallois steps down on 31 May.

The decision comes alongside many other top management changes at the company, each carrying a five-year term.

Arnaud Lagardère will assume the role of chairman of the board, presently held by Bodo Uebber.

“We chose the right person for each of the open positions, to rise to the upcoming strategic challenges facing this group and maintain its hard earned leadership positions,” John Parker, chairman of the remuneration and nomination committee, says. “It is regrettable that this generation of management could not yet incorporate female appointments, but I feel comforted that the next wave is showing some very promising prospective candidates for subsequent rounds of succession.”

Other top management positions effective 1 June 2012 include: Fabrice Brégier succeeding Enders to become CEO of Airbus and Gunter Butschek, presently head of operations of Airbus, as new chief operating officer of Airbus.

Harald Wilhelm will become chief financial officer (CFO) of EADS, alongside his present role as CFO of Airbus, following the request of Hans Peter Ring to retire from the company and pursue other objectives.