Airbus Appoints 4 Executive Committee Members
Monday, March 27, 2017 | Comments

As part of its reorganization following the division’s strategy update, Airbus Defence and Space has appointed Jana Rosenmann, Grazia Vittadini, Bernhard Brenner and Peter Weckesser as new executive committee members. The company has been working in recent months on a functional organization that lays the foundation for its future competitive setup.

The new organization focuses on four program lines: military aircraft, space systems, CIS (communications, intelligence and security) and unmanned aerial systems. The latter was added as a result of the strategy update and is led by Rosenmann.

“We have assembled a strong leadership team that is committed to generating future growth and securing global competitiveness of our defense and space business,” said Dirk Hoke, Airbus Defence and Space CEO. “I am particularly satisfied that we have been able to diversify and rejuvenate our top management team with these appointments. The expertise, agility and dedication of the new team will help us to focus on achieving our strategy objectives.”

The division is putting an increased focus on engineering, which Vittadini will oversee. With a strong background in chief engineering activities at Airbus, she will oversee all research and development (R&D), research and technology (R&T) and chief technology officer (CTO) activities in the division. Before her current position, she was head of corporate audit and forensic, which is responsible for Airbus’ global audit activities.

Brenner was appointed new head of marketing and sales. He previously served as head of the Airbus Defence and Space intelligence cluster and brings a lot of customer-related and international experience to his new role.

To strengthen the division’s digitization efforts, Weckesser will serve as digital transformation officer (DTO). Weckesser joins Airbus from Siemens where he helped build the company’s 4.0 strategy and amassed experience in the field of industrial digitization. His appointment will be effective 1 April 2017.

In recent months, Airbus Defence and Space has undertaken a strategy update with a clear focus on growth after years of consolidation. The strategy’s main pillars are a focus on smarter products, more service based offerings and accelerating digital innovation.

The Airbus Defence and Space Executive Committee now consists of Hoke (CEO), Julian Whitehead (finance), Fernando Alonso (military aircraft), Nicolas Chamussy (space systems), Evert Dudok (CIS), Rosenmann (unmanned aerial systems), Lars Immisch (human resources), André-Hubert Roussel (operations), Vittadini (engineering), Brenner (marketing and sales), Weckesser (DTO), Antoine Noguier (strategy), Dirk Erat (communications), Andreas Riecker (legal and compliance) and Chantal Jonscher (corporate secretary).

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