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Defence at Airbus

Airbus is world leader in Military Transport & Mission aircraft operated by air forces for tactical and strategic transport and refueling capabilities. Designs, develops, manufactures, delivers and supports military manned and unmanned aircraft and it offers a unique Multi-role aircraft in cooperation with its Combat Aircraft. In parallel, CyberSecurity in Airbus represents more than 650 experts dedicated to the IT security of critical infrastructures and sensitive industries. Every day, they fight against cyber threats including most lethal ones with one key objective, detection and neutralization of attacks before compromision.


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Our Executive Committee

Within Airbus, the Defence activities are part of the Airbus Defence and Space division. Its executive committee is presented here…


Dirk Hoke


CEO Airbus Defence and Space

Dirk Hoke is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Defence and Space as of 1 April 2016, succeeding Bernhard Gerwert. He started on 1st of January as Deputy CEO. He is a member of the Airbus Group Executive Committee.

Dirk Hoke joined Airbus Group from Siemens, where he had been CEO of the Large Drives Business Unit since 2014. He has held various executive-level positions at Siemens since becoming CEO of the Cluster Western & Central Africa in 2008. His career spans 21 years and five continents.


Nicolas Chamussy

Executive Vice President Space Systems

Nicolas Chamussy became Executive Vice President Space Systems in the Airbus Defence and Space Division on 1 July 2016.

Chamussy was appointed Chief of Staff to Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders in July 2012. Prior to assuming this position, he served as Head of Mission Air Systems leading UAV programmes in the former EADS Cassidian Division from 2008, and was the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Programme Manager for the former Astrium space Division from 2004 to 2008. Nicolas Chamussy, born in July 1967, holds degrees from École polytechnique, École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.


Fernando Alonso

Executive Vice President Military Aircraft

Fernando Alonso named new Head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space and joins Airbus Defence and Space Executive Committee, replaces Domingo Ureña-Raso. Fernando Alonso has been working with Airbus for many years and has a profound knowledge of the A400M as well as the other military aircraft programmes. Since 2007, Fernando Alonso has served as Head of Flight Test Operations at Airbus. He was named as Head of Military Aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space on 29 January 2015 and will take up his new position on 1 March 2015. He will join the Airbus Defence and Space Executive Committee. Previously he was Senior Vice President Flight and Integration Tests, Head of Flight Operations since September 2007, and, before that, Vice President Flight Test Division since February 2002.


Evert Dudok

Executive Vice President Communication, Intelligence and Security

Evert Dudok was Head of Astrium Services prior to his new role. The Dutchman is a trained electrical engineer and has been working in the space industry for 30 years.



Julian Whitehead

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Julian Whitehead has been working in the defence and aerospace industry for two decades. He took over the reins at Cassidian Finance in 2012. Before that, he was CFO of the defence company MBDA.


Bernhard Brenner

Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales

Bernhard Brenner was appointed Executive Vice-President Marketing & Sales within Airbus Defence and Space in March 2017. Before this nomination he led the Intelligence Business Cluster of Airbus Defence and Space since March 2013. Bernhard started his career in Airbus in 1993 (former EADS) in the Young Management Programme of Deutsche Aerospace, holding various sales and marketing positions in Munich, Rome and Paris.


Lars Immisch

Executive Vice President Human Resources

Lars Immisch served as Head of Compensation and Benefits at EADS and Airbus. Prior to that, he held several leading HR and Finance positions in the former EADS Defence and Security Division. Mr. Immisch leads the HR organizations, providing state-of-the-art HR Services in line with the business mission and objectives.




Executive Vice President Engineering

Grazia Vittadini was appointed Executive Vice President Engineering in January 2017. She is member of the Executive Committee of Airbus Defence and Space. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President Head of Corporate Audit & Forensic, responsible for Airbus Group audit activities worldwide.

Prior to this position, Grazia was Vice President Head of Airframe Design and Technical Authority for all Airbus aircraft.

André-Hubert Roussel


Head of Engineering and Operations

André-Hubert Roussel was appointed Head of Engineering and Operations of Airbus Defence and Space and Head of A400M Industrialization as of February 18th 2016, remaining Head of Engineering, which he has been since September 1st 2015. In January 2015, he was appointed head of Operations and Quality for the Space Systems business line of Airbus Defence and Space.


Jana Rosenmann

Head of the Unmanned Aerial Systems programme line & civil and military ‎UAS programmes

Jana Rosenmann was named Head of the Unmanned Aerial Systems programme line in March 2017. In this position she is responsible for all civil and military UAS programmes within Airbus and is a member of the Airbus Defence and Space Executive Committee. Since October 2015 she already headed all defence related UAS programmes within the Airbus Defence and Space division. Previously, she was the Head of Strategy & Marketing at Airbus Defence and Space, responsible for managing the strategy and portfolio of the division.





Head of Communications

Dirk Erat took over Communications of Airbus Defence and Space (former Cassidian) in September 2012. Previously Dirk Erat was in charge of Corporate Media Relations at Porsche AG in Stuttgart. From 2000 to 2008 he held a number of positions at Siemens Corporate Communications department. In addition to his role as Head of Communications for the division Defence and Space Dirk Erat is in charge of Digital Communications for Airbus.





Head of Digital Transformation Office

Since March 2017, Peter Weckesser serves as Airbus Defence and Space´s Digital Transformation Officer. He joined Airbus from Siemens, where he has been the COO of Product Lifecycle Management, leading the Siemens IoT and Digital Enterprise business and activities. Prior to this, he held various executive-level positions at Siemens, being CEO of Industry Services and CEO of Value Service Business Unit, as well as Vice-President of “Human Machine Interface”.





Head of Strategy

Lieutenant General (Ret) Antoine Noguier was nominated Head of Strategy of Airbus Defence and Space on 1 October 2015 as well as Head of Strategy Military Aircraft. Previously Antoine Noguier was in charge of Strategic International Relations within the Strategy and Marketing Organization of Airbus Group. In his role, he was in charge of promoting and supporting defence and security businesses strategic to Airbus, especially on export markets, and also to contributing to prepare for the future.





General Counsel, Head of Legal & Compliance

Andreas Riecker has held a number of positions in Airbus Legal since 1998 in various functions. He worked in Toulouse for three years as Head of Airbus General Counsel Office and Senior Legal Counsel, before heading the legal department of Military Air Systems in Manching, Germany from 2005 until 2011. He then moved on to become Deputy General Counsel of Cassidian and since 2014 was nominated General Counsel of Airbus Defence and Space. Since 2016 his responsibilities also include Compliance. Andreas Riecker reports to the Airbus General Counsel.