The boss of the commercial aviation division of the group is the favorite to replace Tom Enders and take the lead of the European aircraft manufacturer.
Has the Airbus group decided to accelerate the succession process of its executive chairman? Reuters announced on Friday (28 September) that the board of directors of the European aircraft manufacturer could appoint Tom Enders’ successor as head of the group by 13 November. Guillaume Faury, former president of Airbus Helicopters, who has been in power for several months at the helm of Airbus’ commercial aviation division, is a favorite to succeed Tom Enders. When asked, the European aircraft manufacturer “refused to comment” without denying the information. As luck would have it, Tom Enders and Guillaume Faury were both in China on Friday to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their A320 assembly plant in Tianjin, a suburb of Beijing.
According to the initial settlement set by Airbus, a board of directors was to be held before the end of the year to agree on the name of the new boss of the group. Tom Enders has indeed indicated that he will not seek a new term of office and that he will step down in May 2019. In addition to Guillaume Faury, the name of Patrice Caine, CEO of Thales, was cited to occupy the chair Tom Enders . However, the boss of the French group of electronics and defense has never officially declared a candidate for the succession of the president of Airbus.
This acceleration of deadlines has its source in the internal quarrels that shook the European aircraft manufacturer for many months in 2017. To find a way out of this governance crisis, a board of directors held in December 2017 and has was described at the time as “tense and closed doors” had led to the ousting of the former number two of the group, Fabrice Brégier, who left office in February, while Tom Enders was pushed to the release in May 2019.
To justify this sudden reshuffle and especially the eviction of his number …