Airbus SE has appointed Michael Schöllhorn, 53, as chief operating officer (COO) for Airbus Commercial Aircraft, effective Feb. 1, 2019. Schöllhorn, currently COO for BSH Home Appliances GmbH [a division of Bosch Group] in Munich, will succeed Tom Williams, 66, who retires Dec. 31, 2018 after 50 years in the aerospace industry, 19 of which were in top Airbus management positions.
“Michael brings a vast amount of expertise in digitalization, end-to-end process optimization, manufacturing, quality, and supply chain management – key assets to transition our company to the next levels of production efficiency,” said Guillaume Faury, president Airbus Commercial Aircraft.
Schöllhorn will report to Faury, who will succeed Tom Enders as Airbus CEO following the shareholders Annual General Meeting on April 10, 2019. He will also become a member of the Airbus Executive Committee.
On the appointment, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said: “We are glad to welcome Michael, and we bid farewell to Tom Williams, a great personality and leader both in Airbus and the wider European aerospace industry for many years. Tom braved countless challenges during his time with Airbus, always overcoming them in the best interest of the company and its customers, and never losing his dry Scottish humor. Tom’s impressive career took him from the shop floor as an apprentice with Rolls-Royce in 1969 to the Airbus Executive Committee. I am forever grateful for his engagement, leadership, and friendship. I wish him a well-deserved retirement.”
Michael Schöllhorn’s wealth of diverse manufacturing and production expertise was gained from 1999 at the Bosch Group. Most notably, between 2012 to 2014 he was Executive Vice President Manufacturing and Quality, additionally heading the Global Business unit for chassis and safety sensors. Prior to this, he held several international management positions in the US and Czech Republic. From 2004 to 2008 he was Vice President of Quality Management and from 2012 to 2014, Executive Vice President Manufacturing and Quality. In 2015, Michael was appointed COO and Member of the Management Board for BSH Home Appliances GmbH (100 percent subsidiary of the Robert Bosch GmbH), one of the world’s leading home appliance manufacturers.
Michael Schöllhorn holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Control Engineering from the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. He served in the German Armed Forces as a helicopter pilot and officer from 1984 to 1994.
Airbus Defence and Space has appointed Barbara Bergmeier, 50, as Head of Operations and Member of the Executive Committee, effective Dec. 1, 2018. She succeeds André-Hubert Roussel, 53, who will become chief executive officer (CEO) of ArianeGroup, a 50-50 joint venture between Airbus and Safran, effective Jan. 1, 2019.
“Bergmeier brings extensive experience in Manufacturing-Operations, Digital Transformation, Supply Chain Management, Production Restructuring, Design and Set-up of assembly lines and a strong international background – all assets which are of paramount importance for the further implementation of our growth strategy in the coming years,” said Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space.
Bergmeier joins Airbus Defence and Space from Vilsbiburg, Germany-based Dräxlmaier Group, where she has been COO and an Executive Board Member since 2014. In that capacity, she has been in charge of 50 production sites in 20 countries and has expanded the company’s industrial footprint in Asia and in the Americas. Bergmeier previously worked at BMW Group where she held various senior management positions.
Joint shareholders Airbus SE and Safran have proposed to the Board of Directors of ArianeGroup André-Hubert Roussel, 53, currently Head of Operations at Airbus Defence and Space, to succeed Alain Charmeau, 62, as chief executive officer (CEO) of ArianeGroup, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Charmeau will serve as Special Advisor to the new CEO of ArianeGroup until retirement.
Since 2016, Roussel has been serving as head of operations and member of the Executive Committee at Airbus Defence and Space. Since July 2018, he has also been a member of the ArianeGroup Board of Directors. Previously, he oversaw Engineering at Airbus Defence and Space. In 2014, Roussel took the lead for the launcher programs at Airbus and helped launch the Ariane 6 program as well as facilitated the creation of the ArianeGroup joint venture.