Allan McArtor to lead Airbus in USA
Sean O'Keefe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Group, Inc, the company's North American business unit, will resign his position effective 1 March 2014. His successor will be Allan McArtor, currently Chairman of Airbus Americas.
O'Keefe has elected to step down as Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc in order to fully address ongoing medical issues due to injuries he sustained in a 2010 aircraft accident in Alaska. However, he will continue with the company on special assignment to oversee and facilitate the compliant transition of the company’s ongoing security agreement with the Department of Defense to the new U.S. Group structure.
Enders welcomed Allan McArtor to his upcoming role as Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc. “For nearly 13 years Allan has been a key member of the Airbus Americas senior leadership team and has served as its Chairman during a period of significant growth and expansion. His previous government and private sector experience will be an invaluable asset to Airbus Group and, with his aviation-rich biography, Allan will give us tremendous lift and thrust in the U.S.”
McArtor previously served as head of the Federal Aviation Administration, founder and CEO of Legend Airlines and a senior member of the Federal Express Company (FedEx) leadership team. Furthermore, McArtor is a 1964 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, a decorated combat fighter pilot and a former member of the Thunderbirds flight demonstration team.