Michael Schoellhorn is Airbus Chief Operating Officer (COO) and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. He leads the production, quality, procurement and information management organizations.
As the company embarks on an era of digital and series manufacturing, Michael’s role is to implement continuous operational excellence and to develop the production system of the future.
He joined Airbus in February 2019 from BSH Home Appliances.
He was COO and a member of the company’s Management Board from 2015 until his departure in 2019.
Michael began his career in 1984 in the German armed forces, where he served as an officer and a helicopter pilot until 1994, with assignments in Germany and the US. Michael worked in academia as a research assistant at the Helmut Schmidt University (University of the German armed forces) in Hamburg (1994-1999). He started out his career with Bosch in 1999 and held various senior management positions in the automotive sector in the US, the Czech Republic and Germany before being appointed EVP for Manufacturing and Quality in 2012.
Michael is a member of the presidency of BDLI (the German aerospace industries association), chairman of the Supervisory Board of Airbus Germany (Airbus Operations GmbH) and member of the Board of Directors of Stratasys.
He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Control Engineering, both from the Helmut Schmidt University.