04 February 2015

The new Head of A350 XWB Program comes from A330.

Following the nomination of Didier Evrard as Airbus Executive Vice-President, Programs, in December/2014, Airbus has communicated that effective as of 1/March/2015, Patrick Piedrafita, currently Head of the A330 Family Program will be the new Head of the A350 XWB Program.

Patrick Piedrafita (center). Source: LaDepeche

In this new role, Patrick Piedrafita will report directly to Didier Evrard – EVP Programs and Member of the Airbus Executive Committee since 16/December.

Eric Zanin, currently Head of Procurement Operations, will be the new  Head of the A330 Family Program.

Source: Oliver Louis

Following Patrick Piedrafita’s appointment as Head of A350 XWB Program, and with the necessary full focus required by this strategic priority, Charles Champion, in addition to his current role as EVP Engineering and Member of the Airbus Executive Committee, is assigned the role previously held by Patrick Piedrafita, of “Président Délégué & Directeur Général of Airbus Operations SAS”.

Source: Airbus

“I would like to thank Patrick Piedrafita for the pivotal role he has played in bringing together all of Airbus’ activities in France under one roof, creating the single, harmonised operation we have in place today,”  said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO.

Source: Airbus

“I am delighted to appoint Patrick as the new Head of the A350 XWB Program and to leverage his valuable experience and leadership skills in program management.

Source: Airbus

Patrick brings the ideal expertise from the successful A330 Program just as the A350 XWB enters its series production and ramp-up phase, both essential for the company’s long-term success.”

Based on the press release “Airbus appoints new Programme leaders, assigns new responsibilities”

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