The ATR Assembly of Members has appointed Patrick de Castelbajac, 43, CEO of ATR. He succeeds Filippo Bagnato, whose four-year mandate according to ATR’s statutes expired at the end of May.
De Castelbajac started his aeronautical career at MBDA (previously Aerospatiale Missile) before spending three years as a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie in Paris. In 2002 he joined the legal affairs department of Airbus, where in 2007 he became vice president of legal affairs for purchasing and intellectual property. At the end of 2010 he joined Airbus’s commercial department as head of contracts negotiations.
The transition marked the end of Bagnato’s second stint as ATR CEO. He previously held the position from June 2004 to May 2007, before joining Finmeccanica as v-p of technical, industrial and commercial development.