As co-CEO, Mr. Forgeard was replaced by EADS board member Louis Gallois, currently the head of France's state railway, SNCF. Mr. Gallois, 62, has extensive aerospace experience from previous jobs in the industry.
But to head up Airbus, EADS brought in an aerospace industry outsider. New CEO Christian Streiff, 51, has extensive manufacturing experience, a sign the company sees a need to get its basic production process back on track.
Most of Mr. Streiff's 26 years in manufacturing have been at French industrial conglomerate Saint Gobain Group -- primarily known as a glassmaker.
"Naming a glassmaker as the head of Airbus is certainly an odd choice," said Scott Hamilton, a Seattle aviation consultant. "But if he has a good, strong industrial background and knows how to solve manufacturing snafus, it might not matter in the long run."
IMHO, Gallois and Streiff should quickly get to the bottom of the A380 delays, to the extent they can, considering they are dealing with an entrenched corporate bureaucracy that is in CYA mode.
The should immediatly disclose the truth, they have no reason to cover up Forgeard's and Humbert's mistakes.
There has been much speculation that the excuses for the A380 delays don't ring true. I think we will know fairly soon what the real deal is.