Patrick de Castelbajac was appointed Airbus Executive Vice President Strategy & International in April 2017.
He began his aeronautical career in 1997 in the aeronautical industry at MBDA (at that time called Aerospatiale Missile), before spending three years with Baker & McKenzie as a lawyer and member of the Paris Bar.
The pull of aviation proved too strong and Patrick joined Airbus in 2002. After an initial period working on purchase contracts, mainly for equipment and systems, he was appointed Vice-President Legal Affairs for Purchasing and Intellectual Property. In this role he was involved in negotiations with the main equipment manufacturers for the development of various Airbus programmes.
At the end of 2010, Patrick joined the Commercial Division of Airbus and was appointed Vice-President Contract, Head of Negotiations for the sales of commercial aircraft. He was moreover Deputy Contracts Director, a position that encompassed functions ranging from commercial planning, quotations, customization and deliveries to contract administration.
He was first appointed Chief Executive Officer of ATR in June 2014 before returning to Airbus as part of the company reorganization in December 2016. A member of the Executive Committee, he became Corporate Secretary (of Airbus Commercial Aircraft) and Executive Vice-President Strategy (of Airbus Group).
Patrick was born in Paris in 1971 and has dual French and Irish nationality. He studied law in France, in the United Kingdom and in the United States of America. He has a DESS (advanced post-graduate diploma) in Business and Tax Law from the University of Bordeaux, and a DEA (master's degree) in Comparative Law from the Sorbonne University, Paris II.