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Eric Schulz succeeds John Leahy at Airbus

Airbus has appointed Eric Schulz, 54 - previously President-Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce - as EVP, Chief of Sales, Marketing & Contracts for the company's Commercial Aircraft business, succeeding John Leahy, who is retiring after 33 years with Airbus.


Courtesy Roll-Royce

In this function, Schulz (above) will join Airbus at the end of January 2018 and will report to Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders.

Schulz comes from Rolls-Royce where he has been serving as President – Civil Aerospace since January 2016. At Airbus, he will succeed John Leahy, 67, who has been at the helm of the Commercial Aircraft’s Sales organisation since 1994.

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“We are glad to have Eric Schulz joining our team. He has broad international experience in the aerospace industry, a deep understanding of airline operations and aero engines as well as a proven track record in building and effectively leading organisations in complex environments. This combination of skills and experience makes Eric the right pick to succeed John Leahy at a critical juncture of our company’s development,” said Tom Enders.

Eric Schulz started his career in 1986 with Aerospatiale-Sogerma and has since held numerous senior management positions in companies like UTA, Air France, AOM, Air Liberté-British Airways, Goodrich, EADS and Rolls-Royce. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Geneva Engineering School and in Aeronautical Engineering from Paris’ ESTA Engineering and Technology School.

Affectionately known to airlines around the world as 'Mr Airbus', John Leahy joined the company in 1985 from Piper Aircraft in the US and will retire after 33 years of service.

With more than 16,000 aircraft sold under his leadership, which accounts for 90 percent of all Airbus aircraft ever sold, John Leahy is truly a living legend in the history of aviation.

“There are not enough words to express the gratitude I feel for John Leahy both on a professional and personal level. His contribution to Airbus’ commercial aircraft business is epic. His relentless efforts, his vision and his dedication were key factors in propelling the company from an industry underdog to a world leader. No matter how hard the challenge I have never seen John give up on anything,” said Enders. “His tremendous fighting spirit and his unwavering loyalty to the Airbus flag have made him an inspiration for many, including me. He has become a good personal friend and I wish him a restful and well-deserved retirement.”


John Leahy (above) will remain with Airbus for a few months’ transition period with his successor.

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In a statement this morning, Rolls-Royce confirmed that the search for a replacement for Eric Schulz as President – Civil Aerospace has already begun.

Eric will remain with Rolls-Royce until the end of 2017 to help ensure operational execution of the Civil Aerospace business through to year-end. He will not be involved in strategic or commercial discussions concerning airframe or airline customers.

Pending the arrival of a permanent successor, Chris Young, in his current role as Director, Programmes – Civil Aerospace, will take on immediate responsibility for commercial and strategic matters within Civil Aerospace for Rolls-Royce, reporting on these matters to Rolls-Royce Chief Executive, Warren East.

Warren East said: “I would like to thank Eric for his valuable support and leadership over the past seven years. He has laid the foundations for our future success and all of us at Rolls-Royce wish him the very best in his new role.”

 

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