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Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:45 pm

News coming out of Airbus is Eric Schultz has left Airbus for personal reasons and his replacement is Christian Scherer. Christian Scherer was previously CEO at ATR and has held that position for nearly two years. The change is effective immediately

https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-r ... ficer.html
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:01 pm

Feel like there is likely a lot more to this than what is on the surface. The scramble back to an internal guy after specifically looking outside is strange.
 
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:07 pm

Scary news. Schultz has been in post for what, just over a year?

I must agree with bigjku, there is more to this than meets the eye at the moment

Lots of opportunities for wild speculation, I do hope that Airbus comes out quickly with some more complete announcement
 
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:10 pm

I agree there is more to the story, such as

According to Reuters

Multiple sources had also reported a power battle between Schulz and Guillaume Faury, president of the planemaking division, who is the leading internal contender to replace Enders.
“I think (Schulz) understood which way the wind was blowing,” a person familiar with the matter said.

Another person close to the company acknowledged those tensions but denied they had triggered Schulz’s decision to leave.


https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-airbu ... KKCN1LT2GA
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:20 pm

sassiciai wrote:
Scary news. Schultz has been in post for what, just over a year?

Less than that!

He took over from John Leahy in January.

https://www.airbus.com/company/corporat ... chulz.html

Eric Schulz, Chief Commercial Officer for Airbus, started his role on 25th of January 2018. Mr. Schulz is a member of the Airbus Executive Committee.
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:25 pm

Breathe wrote:
sassiciai wrote:
Scary news. Schultz has been in post for what, just over a year?

Yes than that!

He took over from John Leahy in January.

https://www.airbus.com/company/corporat ... chulz.html

Eric Schulz, Chief Commercial Officer for Airbus, started his role on 25th of January 2018. Mr. Schulz is a member of the Airbus Executive Committee.


230 days to be precise

https://twitter.com/R_Wall/status/1040274701321297920
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:28 pm

qf789 wrote:
I agree there is more to the story, such as

According to Reuters

Multiple sources had also reported a power battle between Schulz and Guillaume Faury, president of the planemaking division, who is the leading internal contender to replace Enders.
“I think (Schulz) understood which way the wind was blowing,” a person familiar with the matter said.

Another person close to the company acknowledged those tensions but denied they had triggered Schulz’s decision to leave.


https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-airbu ... KKCN1LT2GA


That is even more odd. Faury replaced Bregier who was highly thought of, by many, as COO only in February. Bregier was reportedly pissed he wouldn’t succeed Enders if I remember right.

So now it appears we had two guys who spent a year in a power struggle while sales were dropping before they even really got around to working. One is gone already and Faury appears likely to take over the whole company.

Enders is supposed to leave in like 5 months so that will be another shakeup of things. Who made the decisions to hire these people? Seems like a cluster.
 
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:41 pm

JL is a tough act to follow!
 
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:50 pm

Planeflyer wrote:
JL is a tough act to follow!

Corporate wisdom: You never want to follow "the guy", you want to follow the guy who followed "the guy".

For Schulz's sake, I hope he negotiated himself a nice golden parachute.

Bloomberg's run down on all of this: Airbus Is Bleeding Bosses: the Long List of Exiting Executives
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:57 pm

I think this quote from the Reuters article is also a very compelling reason to let Schulz move on... Maybe even more than internal powerplay within Airbus.

But Schulz’s previous position as head of Rolls-Royce civil engines did not always guarantee him a sympathetic hearing from airlines currently suffering problems with Rolls engines on Boeing and Airbus jets, according to multiple aircraft market sources.


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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:28 am

Planeflyer wrote:
JL is a tough act to follow!


Leahy first successfully sold Airbus planes before he joined the lead group as a heavy weight.

Schulz never seems to have started selling any while being busy with "getting to the top".

"Powerstruggle and managerial musical chairs".

Looking back that was a strong helper in not working towards A380 issues being avoided/timely coped with.
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:09 am

Schulz decided to leave the company for personal reasons


But Schulz’s previous position as head of Rolls-Royce civil engines did not always guarantee him a sympathetic hearing from airlines currently suffering problems with Rolls engines on Boeing and Airbus jets, according to multiple aircraft market sources.


You always have to be careful, sometimes it is personal & few analists apologize later on.

Is Boeing is a bit softer in this respect? We have seen veteran's that were unsuccesfull being moved to "strategic", consulting, supervisory positions. It seemed a bit more gentle / respectfull to me.
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:09 pm

keesje wrote:
You always have to be careful, sometimes it is personal & few analists apologize later on.

Wut? ( ref: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=analist )
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:51 pm

Revelation wrote:
keesje wrote:
You always have to be careful, sometimes it is personal & few analists apologize later on.

Wut? ( ref: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=analist )


Yes, that can be a personal reason to leave. Specially if they even didn't apologized after.
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:33 pm

Scherer is a pretty good guy. He did well at ATR and he is some good diplomat.
There might be turbulent times ahead with the upcoming top-level management changes at Airbus. They must not damage him in the process. I hope they focus on the company again as fast as possible.
 
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:38 pm

keesje wrote:
Revelation wrote:
keesje wrote:
You always have to be careful, sometimes it is personal & few analists apologize later on.

Wut? ( ref: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=analist )


Yes, that can be a personal reason to leave. Specially if they even didn't apologized after.

Maybe, but the optics don’t look good (not just to enthusiasts, but to the airlines as well) and now they have to build a relationship with another new Airbus sales head.
 
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:07 pm

Polot wrote:
keesje wrote:
Revelation wrote:


Yes, that can be a personal reason to leave. Specially if they even didn't apologized after.

Maybe, but the optics don’t look good (not just to enthusiasts, but to the airlines as well) and now they have to build a relationship with another new Airbus sales head.


I won't comment on that..
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:42 pm

Revelation wrote:
keesje wrote:
You always have to be careful, sometimes it is personal & few analists apologize later on.

Wut? ( ref: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=analist )


Sounds like he wasn't a good fit, and it led to friction.
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:16 pm

FT ( https://www.ft.com/content/9427e6b8-b82 ... 9c8613f4a1 ) wrote:

“There was a plan mapping the natural evolution of roles but all of a sudden that has been broken,” said one person with inside knowledge of Airbus. “The consequence is that there will be a greater cultural change than people appreciate.”

One company insider said Airbus was paying the price for postponing the retirement of key people in an attempt to ensure the success of its A350 programme after problems with its poorly selling A380 superjumbo.

And:

The internal favourite to succeed German-born Mr Enders remains the French Guillaume Faury, previously head of Airbus helicopters, who has taken over as president of the commercial aircraft division. Not only has Mr Faury “emerged as the most senior guy in the firm,” said one industry banker, “but he’s legitimate as, thanks to his past in helicopters, he has not been associated with the compliance issues”.

So it seems Faury is winning the top job by seniority and by lack of taint because he was off to the side doing helicopters during the Bullshit Castle era.
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:29 pm

A change isn't necessarily bad. If there was not a good fit it's best to clean it up sooner rather than later for obvious reasons for all concerned.
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:17 pm

BaconButty wrote:
Revelation wrote:
keesje wrote:
You always have to be careful, sometimes it is personal & few analists apologize later on.

Wut? ( ref: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=analist )


Sounds like he wasn't a good fit, and it led to friction.


Or Airbus is not a well-oiled organization.
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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:51 pm

We might never know what exactly happened to Schultz.

It seems Airbus could use more women in Top Management.

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Re: Christian Scherer replaces Eric Schultz as Airbus CCO

Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:51 pm

keesje wrote:
We might never know what exactly happened to Schultz.

It seems Airbus could use more women in Top Management.



Well in my dealings with both Boeing and Airbus for over a decade, the Airbus teams have always been mixed gender. I have yet to meet a female Boeing medium / high level representative. I am sure they exist, but probably less than at Airbus.

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