LOS ANGELES Airbus China
has promoted Eric Chen to president, where he will lead the
management team of the subsidiary of European commercial
transport builder Airbus SAS.
Chen, who served as Airbus
Chinas senior vice president of commercial and external
affairs since 2008, succeeds Laurence Barron, who has been
named chairman and chief executive officer of EADS China, the
Chinese subsidiary of Airbus parent company European Aeronautic
Defence & Space Co. NV.
Airbus China also named Rafael
Gonzalez-Ripoll-Garzon chief operating officer. He previously
was head of Toulouse, France-based Airbus empennage and
aft fuselage facility in Spain.
Chen joined Airbus in 1994 and
was named vice president of sales at Airbus China in 2001.
Airbus said that its role in
China has grown to about 50 percent of the countrys fleet
of airliners over 100 seats from 6 percent in 1994.