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Space at Airbus

Space at Airbus
Reaching for the stars is our daily business

Whether we’re peering into the infinite beyond or looking back at Planet Earth, mapping every star in our galaxy or counting trees in Amazonia, we’ve been helping to answer the big questions for over 50 years. Airbus space technology has had an exponential impact on our daily lives, from the way we conserve to how we connect. It’s no wonder the world’s most inquiring minds have us on speed dial. From the smallest electronic parts to the full in-orbit delivery of satellites, from very-high-resolution Earth observation instruments to unprecedented deep space exploration missions, from today’s most reliable telecommunication satellites to unfailing international Space Station operations.


About our Space business

No. 2 Space Company in the world

No. 1 European Satellite Industrial Player

No. 1 Exporter of Earth Observation satellite systems

No. 1 in Commercial Launchers


Our Executive Committee

Space activities inside Airbus organization. Space activities are part of Airbus Division, Airbus Defence and Space whose Executive Committee is presented below:

Dirk Hoke


CEO Airbus Defence and Space

Dirk Hoke is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Defence and Space as of 1 April 2016, succeeding Bernhard Gerwert.  He started on 1st of January as Deputy CEO. He is a member of the Airbus Group Executive Committee.

Dirk Hoke joined Airbus Group from Siemens, where he had been CEO of the Large Drives Business Unit since 2014. He has held various executive-level positions at Siemens since becoming CEO of the Cluster Western & Central Africa in 2008. His career spans 21 years and five continents.


Nicolas Chamussy

Executive Vice President Space Systems

Nicolas Chamussy became Executive Vice President Space Systems in the Airbus Defence and Space Division on 1 July 2016.

Chamussy was appointed Chief of Staff to Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders in July 2012. Prior to assuming this position, he served as Head of Mission Air Systems leading UAV programmes in the former EADS Cassidian Division from 2008, and was the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Programme Manager for the former Astrium space Division from 2004 to 2008. Nicolas Chamussy, born in July 1967, holds degrees from École polytechnique, École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées, and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.


Fernando Alonso

Executive Vice President Military Aircraft

Fernando Alonso named new Head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space and joins Airbus Defence and Space Executive Committee, replaces Domingo Ureña-Raso. Fernando Alonso has been working with Airbus for many years and has a profound knowledge of the A400M as well as the other military aircraft programmes. Since 2007, Fernando Alonso has served as Head of Flight Test Operations at Airbus. He was named as Head of Military Aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space on 29 January 2015 and will take up his new position on 1 March 2015. He will join the Airbus Defence and Space Executive Committee. Previously he was Senior Vice President Flight and Integration Tests, Head of Flight Operations since September 2007, and, before that, Vice President Flight Test Division since February 2002.


Evert Dudok

Executive Vice President Communication, Intelligence and Security

Evert Dudok was Head of Astrium Services prior to his new role. The Dutchman is a trained electrical engineer and has been working in the space industry for 30 years.



Thomas Müller

CEO of Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH

Since January 1st, 2016, Thomas Müller is CEO of Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH. Before, he was responsible for the Electronics business line within the Airbus Defence and Space Division as Executive Vice President.

Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Müller had been Head of the Astrium Satellite Products Business Division since January 2013 and had also been responsible for the industrial implementation of the Products globalisation strategy, as a member of the Astrium Executive Committee and director of Astrium GmbH. From 2003 to 2012, he was Astrium’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of Astrium’s Executive Committee. 


Julian Whitehead

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Julian Whitehead has been working in the defence and aerospace industry for two decades. He took over the reins at Cassidian Finance in 2012. Before that, he was CFO of the defence company MBDA.


Bernhard Brenner

Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales

Bernhard Brenner was appointed Executive Vice-President Marketing & Sales within Airbus Defence and Space in March 2017. Before this nomination he led the Intelligence Business Cluster of Airbus Defence and Space since March 2013. Bernhard started his career in Airbus in 1993 (former EADS) in the Young Management Programme of Deutsche Aerospace, holding various sales and marketing positions in Munich, Rome and Paris.


Lars Immisch

Executive Vice President Human Resources

Lars Immisch served as Head of Compensation and Benefits at EADS and Airbus. Prior to that, he held several leading HR and Finance positions in the former EADS Defence and Security Division. Mr. Immisch leads the HR organizations, providing state-of-the-art HR Services in line with the business mission and objectives.


André-Hubert Roussel


Head of Engineering and Operations

André-Hubert Roussel was appointed Head of Engineering and Operations of Airbus Defence and Space and Head of A400M Industrialization as of February 18th 2016, remaining Head of Engineering, which he has been since September 1st 2015. In January 2015, he was appointed head of Operations and Quality for the Space Systems business line of Airbus Defence and Space.