Airbus Helicopters has tapped the head of one of its major suppliers to lead the company. This week the company announced the appointment of Safran Helicopter Engines chief Bruno Even as its new CEO. Even will replace Guillaume Faury, effective April 1. Faury is leaving Airbus Helicopters to run Airbus's commercial aircraft division.
Even, 49, has run Safran's helicopter engine division since 2015. Before that, he was CEO of Safran's electronics and defense business, formerly known as Sagem. Even is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and worked at France's Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs before joining Safran Helicopter Engines (Turbomeca) in 1999, eventually becoming executive vice president of support and services before moving to electronics and defense.
“Bruno has climbed the management ranks at Safran at a very young age,” said Airbus CEO Tom Enders. “His broad background in the helicopter business and his strong customer focus combined with program and engineering expertise make Bruno the ideal candidate to succeed Guillaume Faury and to continue our successful improvement journey in a very demanding business environment.”
During Even's tenure at the helm of Safran helicopter engines the company instituted several initiatives to improve customer support, including rolling out online engine maintenance tracking.