The Board of Directors of EADS has appointed Domingo Urena-Raso as the new Head of Airbus Military.
He replaces Carlos Suarez and will also serve as a member of the EADS Executive Committee and Chairman of EADS CASA.
Urena-Raso will further be appointed as member of the Airbus Executive Committee.
An EADS media release says Suarez, “whose achievements as head of MTAD [Military Transport Aircraft Division] are recognized, will be offered a senior position consistent with his extensive experience in the coming days.”
EADS and Airbus are under pressure to get the A400M military transport project back on track after setbacks that have delayed the programme for up to four years.
The company says the Board of EADS decided in December to integrate MTAD with Airbus and to create Airbus Military in charge of all military transport aircraft.
“The integration is conducted in the interest of organizational efficiency – particularly a leaner and simpler A400M program organization. It will ensure the responsibility and accountability of Airbus Military. Urena-Raso will report to Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus,” the company says.
“With its culture of flexibility and access to Airbus capabilities, the new entity will manage inside Airbus the reorganized A400M programme, the promising Airbus aircraft derivatives market, and the light and medium transport aircraft segment.
“Airbus Military will be responsible for the growth and development of these markets. For the performance of its duty, it will muster resources either directly under its control, or accessible from Airbus’ formidable pool of capabilities,” the statement adds.
Urena-Raso, 50, is a technical aeronautical engineer (Madrid University), graduated from Paris ESSEC business school, and has worked on some major programmes including the FLA (later A400M) of which he was Chief Procurement Officer in 1996-97, before being Head of the Industrial Strategy of Airbus in 2006.
He is presently in charge of the “turn-around” programme (Power 8) with Airbus and has greatly contributed to its successful implementation.