Airbus Space and Defence announces top management appointments
Airbus Defence and Space has appointed Julian Whitehead Executive Vice-President Global Business and Strategic Programs, october 2019 effective 1. Currently, he could be serving as Executive Vice-President Finance for the division and is really a known person in the divisional Executive Committee.
Julian Whitehead will be succeeded by Xavier Tardy, october 2019 also effective 1, who serves as Head of Business Strategy within Airbus currently. In his future capacity as Executive Vice-President Finance for the division, Xavier Tardy can be a known person in the Executive Committee of Airbus Defence and Space.
In his new role in the division’s Executive Committee, Julian Whitehead will be in charge of driving operational performance, ensuring project and programme management excellence over the division and establishing a robust concentrate on efficiency improvement.
“Julian’s appointment underscores our strong commitment towards performance improvement, which really is a priority. We’ve substantially improved our project and operations execution but we have been convinced we are able to – and also have to – achieve better still results in the years ahead with upcoming opportunities just like the Future Combat Air Eurodrone and System programmes. For that key mission in my own team, I possibly could not think about anyone better suited as my right hand man than Julian who did a significant job lately and who’s a high experienced executive inside our industry”, said Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Space and Defence.
Julian Whitehead has served because the division’s Executive Vice-President Finance since 2014. Previously, by 2012, he was employed in exactly the same capacity at Cassidian, former Airbus’ defence arm. From 2001 to 2012, Whitehead was Chief Finance Officer for MBDA, Europe’s leading missile systems house. From 1997 to 2001, he worked for BAE Systems (formerly British Aerospace) in a variety of leading capacities.
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Xavier Tardy joins Airbus Defence and Space with 14 years of experience in the ongoing company. Before assuming his present duties, Xavier Tardy was Head of Finance & Controlling Military Aircraft between 2013 and 2018, located in Madrid. To that prior, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Airbus Americas from 2012 to 2013. From 2005 to 2012, Xavier Tardy was Vice-President Controlling and later Senior Vice-President Group Controlling at Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter). Before joining Airbus, Xavier Tardy amongst others worked for Eastman Kodak as a financial analyst, Allied Signal (now Honeywell) as a divisional financial controller and for Delphi as Chief Financial Officer of the Aftermarket Europe business.
“With Xavier we’ve tapped among our best finance experts in the business to achieve success Julian at the helm of our divisional finance organization. I’ve all confidence in Xavier he will succeed in his new role and expand on the strong foundation Julian has generated during the last five years”, said Dirk Hoke.
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