Apr 20, 2010
TOKYO - Airbus
named French businessman Stephane Ginoux
to head its Japanese operations.
The France-based firm, part of European aerospace corporation EADS, said in a statement that Ginoux would succeed American Glen Fukushima as chief executive officer at the next board meeting before the summer.
Fukushima meanwhile will be appointed chairman of Airbus Japan.
The pair will “pursue our goal of convincing airlines in Japan that they really have a choice: our modern, eco-efficient Airbus aircraft and all the benefits they offer”, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said in the statement.
Airbus has less than five percent market share in Japan, compared to what it says is around half in other markets worldwide.
Since Fukushima became head of Airbus in Japan in 2005, the company has sold only eight aircraft there, including three leasing contracts, a spokesman said.
The appointment of Ginoux “will further strengthen our ties with Japan’s aviation industry”, the statement added.
Ginoux, 42, who has an 18-year experience in Japan, will also continue to head Eurocopter Japan, another EADS affiliate in charge of selling civil and military range helicopters.