European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has appointed Eric Schulz, as new EVP, Chief of Sales, Marketing & Contracts for the company’s Commercial Aircraft business.
At Airbus, Eric who is 54, will succeed John Leahy, 67, who has been at the helm of the Commercial Aircraft’s Sales organisation since 1994.
He will join Airbus at the end of January 2018 and will report to CEO Tom Enders. Schulz comes from Rolls-Royce where he has been serving as President – Civil Aerospace since January 2016.
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.
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.
Affectionately known to airlines around the world as “Mr. Airbus”, John Leahy joined the company in 1985 from Piper Aircraft in the U.S. and will retire after 33 years of service.
John Leahy will remain with Airbus for a few months’ transition period with his successor.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016 it generated revenues of €67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000.