Defforge is named Managing Director of Airbus Corporate Jets
Benoit Defforge has been appointed Managing Director, Airbus Corporate Jets, effective 1st January 2014.
He now leads Airbus’ corporate jet business globally, combining his new role with that of his previous one as Head of the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC).
Defforge, 49, graduated with an Engineering Diploma from the Ecole National Superiéur d’Arts et Métiers in Paris in 1987, and an INSEAD Business Diploma in 2011.
He joined Airbus in 2003, initially leading a project to improve the performance and lead time of the Airbus A330/A340 final assembly line in Toulouse, which currently produces ten A330s a month, the highest production rate today of any widebody aircraft.
Defforge was appointed Head of ACJC, an Airbus subsidiary that is part of a network of Airbus-approved cabin-completion centres, in May 2007.
In his role as Managing Director of Airbus Corporate Jets, Defforge replaces Airbus veteran Habib Fekih, who played a leading role in establishing the company’s business aviation role in the early days, and who has been instrumental in consolidating it in recent years. Habib Fekih moves on to further responsibilities within the Airbus group.