Airbus Helicopters appoints Alain Flourens as new head of industry

Airbus Helicopters has appointed Alain Flourens as the new head of industry, following Christian Cornille’s departure from Airbus.

Mr Flourens—currently head of engineering for Airbus Helicopters, will be replaced in his current position by Stefan Thomé—head of new business models and services at Airbus Defence and Space. These management changes will be effective from April 2019.

Bruno Even, chief executive officer at Airbus Helicopters, said: “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.”

Stefan Thomé

Mr 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 centers of excellence.

Mr Even said: “I would like to sincerely thank Christian Cornille for his outstanding contributions throughout his 30-year career within the Airbus family.”

With almost two decades of experience in helicopter engineering, Stefan Thomé held multiple management positions at Airbus Helicopters prior to joining Airbus Defence and Space in 2018.