Airbus Appoints Rolls-Royce Executive As Sales Head

November 28, 2017

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Airbus has appointed Rolls-Royce’s Eric Schulz as its chief commercial aircraft salesman to replace company veteran John Leahy who announced his retirement earlier in the year.

Schulz is currently president of engine maker Rolls’ civil aerospace division. He joined the UK company in 2010 and moved to the aerospace team as COO in February 2010. He will take up his position at Airbus at the end of January, reporting to chief executive Tom Enders.

“We are glad to have Eric Schulz joining our team. He has broad international experience in the aerospace industry [and] a deep understanding of airline operations and aero engines,” Enders said.

Schulz started his career in 1986 with French aerospace company Aerospatiale and has worked for a number of aerospace companies and several airlines during his management career. His new appointment brings him full circle as Aerospatiale is now part of Airbus.

Schulz will replace John Leahy who has been head of the Toulouse-based airframer’s commercial aircraft sales since 1994. Leahy pushed Airbus into number one spot ahead of Boeing for several years, although more recently the US giant has regained the top spot.

“There are not enough words to express the gratitude I feel for John Leahy both on a professional and personal level,” CEO Tom Enders said.

“His contribution to Airbus’s 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,” Enders added.

Leahy will remain with Airbus for a transition period of a few months.