Airbus Group reorganizes global comms leadership

The company said Tuesday that it is integrating its communications function on a global basis.

A computer rendering of the Airbus A330-900neo 2. (Image via Airbus' media relations page).
A computer rendering of the Airbus A330-900neo 2. (Image via Airbus' media relations page).

LEIDEN, THE NETHERLANDS: Aerospace and defense giant Airbus Group is restructuring its communications function, which has about 420 staffers around the globe, the company said on Tuesday.

Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders and the chief executives of the Airbus, Airbus Helicopters, and Airbus Defense and Space divisions made the decision to integrate the comms function, the company said in a statement.

Rainer Ohler will lead the seven-member comms leadership team, effective immediately. The group includes Yves Barille, head of Airbus Helicopters communications, who will also take on the role of head of international communications coordination in emerging and developing countries.

New to the comms group is Rickard Booson, who will lead strategy and performance improvement, while Veronique Creissels, Airbus head of communications, will manage the group comms team’s digital transformation as head of digital. Airbus Defense and Space communications head Dirk Erat will integrate the group’s news and media teams in addition to his current responsibilities.

Tim Orr, Nicole Schareck, and Aline Vuillequez will oversee the branding, events and exhibitions, and group employee comms divisions, respectively.

The holding company’s various spokespeople will remain in place on the divisional level. Martin Aguera, Maggie Bergsma, and Stefan Schaffrath will be spokespeople for the Airbus Group, Defense and Space, and Airbus divisions. Meanwhile, Guillaume Steuer and Jeremy Greaves will stay as spokespeople for the helicopters division and for the UK media in London.

Ohler said in a statement that the company will take a top-to-bottom approach reorganizing comms throughout the company.

"We have chosen a pragmatic approach to the integration of the communications function," he said. "The new setup is in a project mode for the time being. The leadership team will now develop a new complete organizational structure and will seek to get the appropriate works council approvals within the next couple of months."

This summer, Airbus Group appointed Powerscourt as its retained corporate PR adviser for the UK, replacing Instinctif, whose managing partner, David Simonson, had worked with the company for 20 years.

At the end of last month, Airbus Group reported a 12% increase in its third-quarter operating profit and said it has increased production of the A320 jetliner. Its revenue was up 6% in the period.

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