Chris Emerson is President of Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Head of Airbus Helicopters North American region, which includes the United States and Canada. He was named to the position in 2015.
Chris brings two decades of international leadership and business experience to Airbus Helicopters Inc.
Previously, Chris served as Senior Vice President and Head of Marketing for Airbus commercial in Toulouse, France. At the helm of marketing, he was charged with demonstrating the competitive value and benefits that Airbus aircraft bring to the marketplace. He led a global team of 200 experts specializing in aircraft performance, cabin interiors, fleet solutions, operations and maintenance, appraisals and investors, and airline operations.
Chris also served as Head of Airbus Future Programs & Product Strategy, where he was responsible for producing the Airbus Global Market Forecast and product policy for current and future programs. He led the internal project team that established the Mobile, Alabama A320 assembly line in 2012.
In 2003, Chris was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, helping the newly formed executive team establish Airbus North America. Working closely with the executive team, he was responsible for preparing Airbus for executing the U.S. Department of Defense contracts. He was also the Head of Investor Relations for North America.
Chris began his professional career in 1996 with Mercedes Benz U.S. International in Alabama, the automaker’s first such facility outside Germany. He later joined DaimlerChrysler Aerospace in Germany and was part of the team that formed EADS, now Airbus Group, from three national entities.
Chris graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in international finance and currently serves on the President’s Cabinet. In 2015, Chris joined the Dallas chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, of which he is an active member.