The strategic nomination aims to ensure dedicated operational attention in challenging times, emphasizing the Commercial Aircraft business’s core. The move also aligns with providing Airbus’s CEO, Guillaume Faury, the space to primarily focus on Airbus’s broader strategic, transformational, and global agendas.
Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO, explained the transition: “Since 2019, the leadership roles of Airbus and its Commercial Aircraft business have been combined, providing alignment and speed of execution during a period of multiple crises and change. Airbus has now put itself on a clear trajectory in line with its purpose of ‘Pioneering sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world.’ Empowering Christian in the Commercial Aircraft CEO role will enable us to reinforce the focus on the success of our Commercial Aircraft business while allowing me to dedicate my time to steering Airbus in a complex and fast-evolving global environment. Christian and I have been working hand in hand over the last five years, and we will continue to do so in this new configuration. I admire Christian’s business acumen and am happy to move forward with him to deliver on Airbus’ ambitions.”
In his acknowledgment of the new role, Christian Scherer shared his enthusiasm. “It is an honor and a thrill to be called upon to lead our Commercial Aircraft business at such a critical time for our industry,” he said. “I’ll put my passion and that of Team Airbus at the service of our customers to meet our operational objectives as we work to consolidate our success, continuously improve, and prepare the future of our products and services. As we do so, we will work closely with our partners and suppliers worldwide on our common roadmap to decarbonize aviation.”
The reshuffling signifies Airbus’s intention to fortify its position in the aviation market. The OEM will focus on its commitment to pioneering sustainable aerospace initiatives for a safe and unified global community. The entire reorganization will be implemented in the coming months in partnership with the company’s social associates. The anticipated start of this new organizational setup will be from 1 January 2024, in project mode.