Airbus has named Rolls-Royce civil aerospace President Eric Schulz as Executive Vice President-Chief of Sales, Marketing and Contracts, to succeed John Leahy after 33 years at the company.
Schulz will join Airbus at the end of January and Leahy will stay on for a few months’ transition. Schulz, like Leahy over the past few months, will report to Airbus CEO Tom Enders.
Leahy joined Airbus in 1985 in sales for the Americas heading that division from 1988 and became President of Airbus North America later. He was appointed Global Head of Sales in 1994 when Airbus had a market share of 18%.
Schulz, a French national and aerospace engineer, started his career in the industry in 1986 at Aerospatiale-Sogerma. He later worked for several airlines including UTA, AOM-Air Liberte and Air France before moving on to aerospace suppliers like Goodrich. After a period at EADS, Airbus’ military unit that now operates under the Airbus name, he joined Rolls-Royce and has been running its civil aerospace business since early 2016.