CASSIDIAN CEO presents key organization principles and nominates new management team

  • First strategic step towards an adapted setup
  • Target structure stays an integrated division with operational and country dimension
  • New Cassidian Executive Committee members nominated

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Cassidian presented today the way forward for the development of Cassidian and appointed further members of the division’s new management team.

The principles of Cassidian’s structure remain the same with an integrated division split into an operational dimension with clear focus on project delivery and operational performance and a country dimension with focus on customer management and proximity. Bernhard Gerwert stated: “The goal of this planned new division setup is mainly to reduce complexity, developing Cassidian towards clear accountability and empowerment in order to enable a better reactivity towards market challenges.”

In order to strengthen the company’s internationalisation a “Sales and International Operations” organisation will be created. Christian Scherer (50), former Head of Strategy within Airbus will lead this organisation.

As a home country and strong pillar within the Cassidian strategy France will be managed separately by Jean-Marc Nasr (50), who will also be responsible for the Cassidian Cyber Security business and keep his former responsibility for Secure Communication Solutions.

To lead and develop Cassidian’s product portofolio a “Program” organisation will be created managing Cassidian Business Lines. The Head of Programs remains to be appointed.

To drive innovation and ensure efficient development, production and roll out of products worldwide a “Chief Operations Officer” Organisation will be created, leading Engineering, Operations, Quality, Supply Management and further operative functions. The new Division COO is Pilar Albiac-Murillo (59), who previously was in charge of Quality and Lean Management within Airbus. Pilar Albiac-Murillo will also be responsible for the country organization in Spain.

Finance and Controlling and Human Resources will remain under the responsibility of respectively Julian Whitehead and Christoph Hoppe.

All nominees will take their functions with immediate effect. They become members of the Cassidian Executive Committee and report directly to Bernhard Gerwert.

Gerwert said: “I trust that our new team brings together the right expertise and leadership to lead Cassidian in this new setup and grow our company in a very challenging market environment”.

The former Cassidian Board Members Bernd Wenzler, Hervé Guillou and Rani Karmi will take over other responsibilities within EADS.

Bruno Rambaud will leave the group.


Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2011, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.8 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 133,000.

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