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New Top Management Appointed At Airbus China

01/10/2018

BEIJING --- Eric Chen, previously President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft China, succeeds Laurence Barron as Chairman of Airbus China. Simultaneously, George Xu has been appointed CEO of Airbus China. In his role as country head of Airbus China, Xu is responsible for all Airbus Commercial Aircraft activities and for leading the company's Helicopters and Defence and Space businesses in China. 

"It's my privilege to have been working with Airbus for more than 20 years. As the Chairman of Airbus China, I will continue to support Airbus' development in China. We have a dynamic team here, and with the fresh blood like George joining our management team, I look forward to an even more promising future of Airbus China," said Eric Chen. 

"I feel honoured to re-join Airbus China as its CEO. China has the largest Airbus fleet in the world and will continue as one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the next decades. My predecessors and the Airbus China team have achieved great successes in China. I commit to keeping the momentum going and to continue working closely with our teams to achieve new successes. I am confident China will continue to play a key role in Airbus global strategy," said George Xu. 

George Xu started his career in the Tianjin Economic and Technology Development Area Administrative Committee in 1995 and was promoted to Deputy Director of the Investment Promotion Bureau of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone in 2003, and then Director of the Bureau in 2005. 

In 2005, George Xu started to work on Airbus A320 Final Assembly Line programme in China jointly initiated by Airbus and its Chinese partners. In 2008, he was appointed Deputy General Manager of the Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line in Tianjin while remaining Director of the Investment Promotion Bureau of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee. 

George Xu was Chairman of the Board of Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line and, in parallel, Vice President of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee in 2011 till 2014. That same year, George became Party Secretary of the Tianjin Youth League. 

George Xu got a Bachelor's degree in Information Management Systems from Tianjin University and a Master in Business Administration from Roosevelt University of Chicago. He also received a PhD in Economics from Nankai University. 


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. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats and business aviation products. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world's leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide. 

Date: 
01/10/2018
Companies & Organizations: Airbus Group SE
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Sources of Information:  Airbus Group SE

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