|Quoting NAV20 (Reply 1):|
IMO Gallois shouldn't have responded at all. Leave alone cried 'Foul!".........
|Quoting AA1818 (Reply 3):|
Gallios can say he doesn't care about size etc, because Airbus is a state funded machine. They need not turn a profit, they need not do anything but exist.
|Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 4):|
I think he has been lately, IIRC, he's even contradicted Leahy a few times....Like his predecessor Streiff, Gallois seems to be "no-nonsense" kind of person....
|Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 7):|
If Gallois is a no-nonsence kind of guy, let him fire Leahy before complaining about what others say.
...bit hypocritical, true....but I think he's giving Leahy some slack right now given the precarious situation Airbus/EADS is in......I wouldn't be surprised Gallois hasn't given Leahy "a word or two" behind closed doors...
|Quoting NAV20 (Reply 8):|
Which makes you wonder how much even Gallois knows (or recognises, in his own mind) about Airbus' TRUE situation?
GALLOIS is an insider charged to correct the mess which he helped to create from his position of coCEO at EADS.
In crass opposition the the fired Christian STREIFF, he is not a savvy private entrepreneur, but a bureaucrat, who was successful managing State Enterprises like SNCF. And as such, he is responsive to the French politicians which are manipulating EADS.
From what I read, I do not doubt of his intellectual capacity and that he sees very clearly the situation. But due to above facts, he does not know what to do. He was subject to repeated humiliation by the EADS board, where he is member, the most disturbing being February's refusal to approve his original Power 8, announced with great display for a certain date and discussed with the board, only to be vetoed one day before this date. The present Power 8 is a totally diluted version.
And of course he must be frustrated by the consequence-blind controversy between the German and French partners.
And his background of course make him rely, as AA1818 states, that finally the Government, as the new Prime Minister FILLON stated just a few days ago, will "assume his duties" regarding this "strategic enterprise" !!
A private entrepreneur would have resigned a long time ago, but as said, he is a disciplined bureaucrat. Obviously he is loosing his temper, as his reaction to McNerney's factual statements shows. Any savvy entrepreneur would, as NAV20 says, simply ignored them, as Boeing does with the behavior of John Leahy.
And finally: Leahy has by far an excessive influence at Airbus, being a favorite of the ex-CEO Foregeard, in turn a favorite and friend of Chirac. His big salesman posture, saying anything what he thinks the customer will like to hear, had success especially with the Gulf Airlines (surprisingly, now GUT
is claiming a part of the merit there!), where he supported the exotic projections of their non-Arab executives. At this stage, he is a grave negative influence due to his lack of credibility, but M. Gallois for the reason stated has not the power to fire him. This type of situation is typical of state (or state influenced) enterprises.
Lets hope that Leahy will not be able, with the help of some orders (and MOU's) he could muster in Paris (which would do nothing to help to solve the existing problems) to present to the French and also the German politicians a picture which would allow them to hope that they could address the problem by stalling. Only a total break down of the LA and VLA situation will force the to do what must be done !!
This hope is just the contrary to AIRBUS bashing, it could be AIRBUS saving !