airbus helicopters appoints new executive committee members

February 5, 2019

Alain Flourens, 61, currently Head of Engineering for Airbus Helicopters, has been appointed Head of Industry for Airbus Helicopters, following Christian Cornille’s  departure  from  Airbus.  Alain  will  be  replaced  in  his  current  position  by  Stefan Thomé,  47, currently  Head  of  New  Business  Models  &  Services  at  Airbus  Defence  and Space. These management changes are effective on 1 April 2019. 

“I would like to sincerely thank Christian Cornille for his outstanding contributions throughout his  30-year  career  within  the  Airbus  family”,  said  Bruno  Even,  Airbus  Helicopters  Chief Executive Officer. “The expertise of industrial topics that he developed in many management positions  at  Airbus,  Aerolia,  then  Airbus  Helicopters,  has  been  essential  to  supporting  the transformation  of  our  industrial  model  and  delivering  new  levels  of  quality  and competitiveness. I wish him all the best in his professional and personal future.”

Alain Flourens joined Airbus Helicopters in February 2017 from Airbus Commercial Aircraft, where  he  held  several  assignments  including  Head  of  the  A380  Programme,  Head  of  the Single  Aisle  Programme,  and  Executive  Vice  President,  Head  of  the  Airbus  Centres  of Excellence.  Flourens  began  his  professional  career  in  1982  at  the  French  Ministry  of Defence. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris in 1980 and obtained a degree in engineering from Toulouse ISAE Institute in 1982.

With  almost  two  decades  of  experience  in  helicopter  engineering,  Stefan  Thomé  held multiple management positions at Airbus Helicopters prior to joining Airbus Defence & Space in 2018. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as Head of Vehicle Integration & Doors Engineering, leading and managing all associated activities across Airbus Helicopters, while contributing to the definition of the Division’s research and innovation policy. Thomé has an aeronautical engineering degree from the University of Stuttgart.