Christian Scherer was appointed Airbus Chief Commercial Officer in September 2018 and is a Member of the Company’s Executive Committee. He is also heading Airbus International.
He was previously Chief Executive Officer of ATR, a position he held since Nov 2016.
Prior to this, Christian was Executive Vice-President and Head of Airbus Group International, responsible for driving the overall Airbus Group internationalisation strategy.
Christian started his professional career in 1984 when he joined Airbus Industrie as a Commercial Contracts Manager. He was seconded to the US between 1987 and 1994 as Vice President Contracts of Airbus North America, responsible for pricing, financial performance, negotiation and implementation of all sales transactions in North America.
On his return to headquarters, as Vice President Leasing Markets, he developed and managed an integrated sales division covering all commercial activities dealing with operating leasing companies and other financial institutions worldwide.
In 1999, he was appointed Vice President Contracts and Pricing worldwide while retaining leadership of the Leasing Markets Division and in 2003 he also became the Deputy Head of Commercial.
Following his time in Commercial, he became Head of Strategy and Future Programs at Airbus, responsible for defining Airbus’ long term strategic objectives and for driving the genesis of future aircraft product offerings and programmes, such as the A320neo, as well as Airbus’ international development in terms of the US final assembly lines.
In 2012, he was appointed Head of Sales & International Operations at Cassidian in Munich, Germany, responsible for Sales, Marketing, Strategy and Cassidian’s International Subsidiaries including Brazil, India, KSA, UAE, UK and USA.
Upon integration of Airbus’ Defence, Space and Military aircraft businesses, he became the Head of Marketing & Sales of Airbus Defence and Space and Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space GmbH. In that role, he held the overall responsibility for all Sales & Marketing activities. He also chaired BDLI´s defence and security forum whilst being a member of the BDLI presidium.
Born in 1962 in Duisburg, Germany, and raised in Toulouse, France, Christian Scherer holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and graduated from the Paris Business School (ESCP) in 1984.