EADS appoints Guillaume Faury as new CEO of Eurocopter

Guillaume FauryThe board of directors at EADS, the owner of Airbus and Europcopter, has accepted the resignation of Lutz Bertling as CEO of Eurocopter and member of the EADS Group executive committee, and has named Guillaume Faury (pictured) as Bertling’s successor.

Bertling, 50, has been at the helm of the Group’s helicopter Division since November 2006 and ecently expressed his desire to depart the Group in pursuit of another professional opportunity in Germany.

Faury, 45, who returns to the company after leaving in 2008, will start his role on 1 May 2013, joining Eurocopter from Peugeot, where he has served as executive vice president for research & Development.

“I regret that Lutz is leaving Eurocopter and the EADS Group to pursue a new challenge outside the aerospace world. We owe Lutz a lot. In his six and a half years at the helm of Eurocopter, he led the company successfully through a period of strong growth and also a deep economic crisis. During his tenure Eurocopter became more international, more innovative, and overall, more competitive. I thank him for all his work and wish him the best for his future,” said Tom Enders, CEO of EADS.

“I am happy to welcome Guillaume Faury back at EADS, he added. “Early in his career, he excelled at Eurocopter in various management positions before accepting a very senior role at Peugeot. With his profound knowledge of the Division, his leadership skills, and his broad industrial expertise, I am convinced Guillaume is the right person to drive Eurocopter’s ambitious innovation roadmap and global positioning.”

Faury, a licensed flight test engineer, served in various senior management functions at Eurocopter from 1998 to 2008 before joining Peugeot S.A. He was chief engineer for the EC225/ 725 programme, head of the heavy helicopter flight test department, executive vice president for Commercial Programmes and, ultimately, executive vice president for Research & Development. Faury holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris as well as an aeronautics and engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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