Airbus SE has appointed Michael Schöllhorn as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Airbus Commercial Aircraft, effective February 1, 2019. Schöllhorn, currently COO for BSH Home Appliances GmbH in Munich, will succeed Tom Williams, who retires December 31, 2018 after 50 successful years in the aerospace industry, 19 of which were in top Airbus management positions.
Mr. Schöllhorn will report to Guillaume 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.
Between 2012 to 2014 Schöllhorn’s was Executive Vice President Manufacturing and Quality with the Bosch Group, 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. 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.
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.