President of Airbus China
Eric Chen has become president of Airbus China effective January 1, 2013, responsible for Airbus' overall activities in the PRC, including sales, marketing, contracts, government affairs, customer services, industrial cooperation, finance, communications, administration and site management, legal, etc.
Chen joined Airbus in 1994 as Area Sales Director. He was promoted to Vice President Sales and External Affairs of Airbus China in 2001. Chen held that position until 2008 when he became Senior Vice President Commercial and External Affairs of Airbus China.
As one of the pioneers who worked for Airbus China, Chen has witnessed the successful development of Airbus’ business in this country, especially the expansion of its in-service fleet from 6% in 1994 to about 50% today for aircraft over 100 seats.
Before joining Airbus, Chen had worked for companies in Shanghai and Paris. Chen graduated from University of Nanjing in 1982 and studied in several institutions in France. He can speak many languages and Chinese dialects.
Born in Shanghai, Chen is married with two children. His hobbies include philosophy, history and Peking Opera.