June 20, 2016 – Airbus Group has appointed Paul Eremenko (36, pictured left) as its chief technology officer (CTO). Eremenko is currently head of Airbus Group’s A3 Innovation Centre based in San Jose, California and will assume his new role on 1 July 1, 2016. Eremenko is an aeronautics and astronautics engineer (MIT & Caltech) and has worked at Google, Motorola and DARPA, the Pentagon’s research agency.
“We are operating in a fast-changing environment where speed, data, breakthrough technologies and connectivity are hugely relevant trends for the future of the aerospace industry,” said Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group. “Paul Eremenko, who leads our Innovation Centre in San Jose, has over the last year demonstrated a unique ability to stimulate through key projects the cross-fertilization between the Silicon Valley and our Group Research & Technology and innovation cultures. He has all the right credentials – in high-tech and industry – to lead Airbus technologies into the future.”
In his new capacity, Eremenko is joined by Andy Anderson (58), who since the departure of the previous CTO Jean Botti (58) at the end of March has been serving as acting CTO. As of July 1, 2016, Anderson, a 20-year veteran of Airbus Group, will resume his previous role as chief operating officer for the CTO organization and serve as deputy to Eremenko.
Both Eremenko and Anderson will initially focus on the new set-up of the CTO function, working with the various divisions and the recently appointed digital transformation officer (DTO), Marc Fontaine.