The current chief executive of Airbus Helicopters, Guillaume Faury, is to step into the presidential position of Fabrice Bregier, chief operating officer and head of the commercial aircraft arm, when he steps down in February.
Faury, in taking the role of president of the main commercial aircraft division, will vacate his current position within the helicopter division of Airbus.
As chief executive of Airbus Helicopters, Faury has had his hands full over over the last couple of years due to the failures of the SuperPuma H225, which was banned from flying in the UK and Norway after a fatal crash in April 2016 in which 13 were killed, including a father from Laurencekirk.
In October, the embattled Faury took a ride in a Super Puma to prove the safety of the helicopter.
Afterwards he became the subject of an online petition calling for the chief executive of the helicopter firm to take a flight in a controversial H225 chopper, in the same conditions as the offshore workforce.
Guillaume Faury said:“I am honoured to have been entrusted with this new challenge, and I look forward to leading the inspiring commercial aircraft business of Airbus.”
Tom Enders added: “Guillaume represents our next generation of leaders and has demonstrated broad business and industry experience, an international mindset and a clear focus on delivering value during his tenure at the helm of our helicopter business. I look forward to working with him in his new role. Guillaume’s succession at Airbus Helicopters will be decided and announced in the coming weeks.”
Airbus confirmed in a statement that the Board of Directors will assess both internal and external executives for the CEO role in 2018 with a view to announcing Tom Enders’ successor in time for confirmation at the 2019 AGM.