O'Keefe named as new CEO of EADS North America
EADS has named Sean O’Keefe as Chief Executive Officer to lead the operations of EADS North America. His appointment is effective November 1, 2009 and he will become a member of the EADS NV Executive Committee beginning January 1, 2010.
Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EADS North America, will retain his position as chairman of the EADS North America board and oversee EADS’ role in the Northrop Grumman KC-45 Tanker offer to the U.S. Air Force. Crosby also will remain on the EADS NV Executive Committee during the leadership transition.
“Sean O’Keefe’s distinguished career in government, industry and academia provide him with broad expertise and leadership experience,” said EADS Chief Executive Officer Louis Gallois. “We also are fortunate that Ralph Crosby will continue as chairman. During his seven years of extraordinary leadership, EADS North America has grown to become a major provider of U.S. defense and homeland security products and services.”
O’Keefe has extensive leadership, government management and policy experience. He is a former Secretary of the Navy, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Defense, Deputy Assistant to the President, and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Since March 2008, he has served as a corporate officer of the General Electric Company and Vice President of General Electric Aviation’s Washington Operations.