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Executive Vice President Procurement Airbus Group & Airbus

Klaus Richter

Klaus Richter

Klaus Richter has been appointed to the Airbus Group Executive Committee, effective from 1 January, 2015.

He holds the position of Executive Vice President Procurement for Airbus and Airbus Group and is a member of the Airbus Executive Committee. Mr. Richter joined Airbus Group in November 2007.

He is in charge of all procurement across the entire Airbus organisation, of developing strong partnerships with suppliers and ensuring timely delivery of all purchased goods on-cost and with the proper quality.

In addition, Mr. Richter leads the corporate sourcing activities and the general procurement of Airbus Group. Furthermore, he coordinates the development and application of procurement processes and tools across all Divisions. Airbus Group Corporate Sourcing also hosts the Airbus Group Global Sourcing Network with local offices in the U.S., India and China.

Before joining Airbus Group, Mr Richter was Senior Vice President Materials Purchasing for BMW, based in Munich, Germany. In this position, he was heading all supplier relations for direct materials and equipment across the entire company.

Klaus Richter began his professional career with McKinsey&Company in 1993 as 

a management consultant for Automotive, Electronics and Aerospace businesses and product development, a role which he retained until he joined the BMW Group in 2003 as Head of Purchasing Strategy for production materials.

Mr. Richter graduated from the Technical University of Munich where he obtained a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1991. After graduation he received a Humboldt scholarship and spent two years as a researcher and teacher at the University of California at Berkeley. 

Born in Munich on 29 September 1964, Mr Richter is married with two children. 

He enjoys playing table tennis and is a keen skier. He also likes music and plays several instruments.

Press Department
January 2015