Didier Evrard has been appointed Head of the A350 Programme with immediate effect.
Mr Evrard has previously been with MBDA, a world leader in missiles, where he led the MBDA Product Lines Directorate together with MBDA France since 2002.
Before its industrial launch, the A350 programme was coordinated by Olivier Andries, EVP Strategy of Airbus who, along with the "Programmes" team led by EVP Tom Williams, was the driving force behind the development of the programme. At this point it is key to evolve the team leadership structure to provide long-term continuity for the development of the programme.
"I would like to thank Olivier and especially all those in Tom's team who have contributed to leading the A350 XWB up to industrial launch and to what it is today. Didier Evrard brings proven leadership and programme development management capabilities in combination with an understanding of customer needs and business objectives. This will be a strong asset for the A350 team. He has the full support of both the EADS and Airbus Managements to successfully lead the technical and industrial development of the A350 XWB programme", Airbus President and CEO, Louis Gallois said on the occasion of the appointment.
Didier Evrard, a graduate of the Ecole Centrale of Lyon and of the Sup'Aero Engineering School, started his career in 1977 as a test engineer with Matra. Until 1997, he held various multinational project management positions for programmes that were done in cooperation with Italian, German, British and/or French partners.
Between 1998 and 2002, he was MBD (Matra BAe Dynamics) Stand-Off Programme Director, with global responsibility for the multinational Storm Shadow/SCALP programme, managing all aspects related to customers, technology, industrialization, finance and risks.
Born in 1953, Didier Evrard is married with three grown-up children. In his free time he enjoys cross-country running.
Airbus is an EADS company.