Julian Whitehead became Executive Vice President – Finance of the Airbus Defence and Space Division on 1 January 2014 and Chairman of Airbus Defence and Space Limited. He is a member of the Defence and Space Executive Committee and he represents Airbus on both the Ariane Group and MBDA Group Boards. In addition he sponsors Responsibility and Sustainability within Airbus Defence and Space and sits on the Airbus Inclusion and Diversity Board.
Previously, Julian Whitehead had been the Chief Finance Officer of both Cassidian and MBDA.
He has wide industry experience working previously in BAE Systems plc, KPMG and Balfour Beatty plc.
Julian Whitehead was born in Liverpool in 1962 and graduated with a degree in Commerce from the University of Birmingham in 1984, before qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1987.