Continuing a more than 25-year career with Airbus and its predecessors and subsidiaries, Christian Cornille was appointed Airbus Helicopters’ Executive Vice President - Industry in 2014.
He is responsible for raising the company’s industrial model to a new standard – a key aspect of Airbus Helicopters’ transformation plan.
From 2009 to 2014, Cornille was the founding member and Chief Executive Officer of Aerolia, a spin-off of Airbus that produced aerostructures for a wide range of civil and military aircraft and helicopters, before merging with Sogerma to form today’s Stelia Aerospace. During his time at Aerolia he helped develop the company from an Airbus carve-out to a worldwide aerostructures player in its own right.
Prior to assuming this position, he spent two years as the Vice President of Business Development for Airbus’ Aerostructures Centre of Excellence, where he managed the supply chain and Power 8 program for aircraft manufacturers’ French and German sites.
Starting his aerospace career in 1988, Cornille worked in the industrial department of Eurocopter – Airbus Helicopters’ predecessor – for 12 years and, between 2000 and 2006, in EADS SOCATA’s leading industrial and aerostructures division.
He also has held positions in the nuclear energy and automotive industries, and has an engineering degree from France’s Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (ENSAM).