I am honored to have been named the next Chief Technology Officer of Airbus Group. In addition to assuming the CTO role effective July 1, Tom Enders has asked me to remain at the helm of A^3 for a transition period. During this time, and while much of my attention is focused on revamping the role and structure of CTO in the Group, my very capable Deputy and A^3 Chief Operating Officer — Eduardo Dominguez Puerta — will assume increased responsibility for the day-to-day operation of A^3.
For those who do not know Eduardo (37), he is a twelve-year veteran of Airbus Group and came to A^3 from the very heart of the Airbus commercial aircraft division. Eduardo’s career has seen him in positions of rapidly increasing responsibility including manufacturing design, the implementation of Lean across the Airbus organization, and most recently heading supplier development and serving as Chairman of the Board of Alestis, a key aerostructures supplier.
In the six months that he has been at A^3, Eduardo has gained the trust of the team and left a significant mark on the organization. I am blessed to have such talented and experienced COOs both at A^3 and in the CTO team (in the persona of Andy Anderson, discussed in the press announcement). With their support, I am confident that we can deliver on the ambitious goals that Tom has set out for both organizations.
Text of the release from Airbus Group:
“Amsterdam, 7 June 2016 – Airbus Group SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has appointed Paul Eremenko (36) as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Eremenko is currently heading the Group’s A3 Innovation Centre based in San Jose, California. He is an aeronautics and astronautics engineer (M.I.T.; Caltech) and worked at Google, Motorola and DARPA, the Pentagon’s research agency. He will assume his new role on 1 July 2016.
“We are operating in a fast-changing environment where speed, data, breakthrough technologies and connectivity are hugely relevant trends for the future of the aerospace industry,” said Tom Enders, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Group. “Paul Eremenko, who leads our Innovation Centre in San Jose, has over the last year demonstrated a unique ability to stimulate through key projects the cross fertilisation between the Silicon Valley and our Group Research & Technology and innovation cultures. He has all the right credentials – in high-tech and industry – to lead Airbus technologies into the future.”
In his new capacity, Paul Eremenko is joined by Andy Anderson (58), who since the departure of the previous CTO Jean Botti (58) end of March was serving as acting CTO. As of 1 July 2016, Anderson, a 20-year veteran of Airbus Group, will resume his previous role as Chief Operating Officer for the CTO organisation and serve as Deputy to Paul Eremenko.
Both Eremenko and Anderson will be first focussing on the new set-up of the CTO function, working with the Divisions and the recently appointed Digital Transformation Officer (DTO) Marc Fontaine.”