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New top management appointed at Airbus China

News International-French

22 Jan 2013

Eric Chen and Rafael González-Ripoll were appointed president and chief operating officer of Airbus China respectively.


Eric Chen has become president of Airbus China, responsible for Airbus' overall activities in the PRC, including sales, marketing, contracts, government affairs, customer services, industrial cooperation, finance, communications, administration and site management, legal, etc.
Eric Chen joined Airbus in 1994 as Area Sales Director. He was promoted to Vice President Sales and External Affairs of Airbus China in 2001. Mr. Chen held that position until 2008 when he became Senior Vice President Commercial and External Affairs of Airbus China.

As one of the pioneers who worked for Airbus China, Mr. Chen has witnessed the successful development of Airbus’ business in this country, especially the expansion of its in-service fleet from 6 % in 1994 to about 50% today for aircraft over 100 seats.

Before joining Airbus, Eric Chen had worked for companies in Shanghai and Paris. Mr. Chen graduated from University of Nanjing in 1982 and studied in several institutions in France. He can speak many languages and Chinese dialects.



Rafael González-Ripoll was appointed Airbus China chief operating officer. In this role, he holds overall responsibility for operations in China, including production, engineering, procurement and supply chain management.
He began his professional career in 1977 with the spanish navy and after several positions in the shipyard business from 1980 to 1986, he joined CASA in March 1986 as head of safety & environment department.
In 1993 he was appointed senior manager and later, in 1995, he became vice president (VP) and head of the San Pablo plant in Sevilla, including the final assembly line for Airbus military transport aircraft.

From 2000 to 2004, he held different executive positions within CASA and Airbus Spain, such as, VP Aerostructures CASA and VP Human Resources Airbus. In 2004 he moved to Airbus central entity in Toulouse, France, where he was responsible for areas such as employment & organisation, and training & competences. Later he was promoted to SVP within Human Resources.

Between 2009 and December 2012, he was SVP Centre of excellence empennage & aft fuselage at Airbus in Spain, coordinating the design, production and product support activities from the three Spanish Airbus plants as well as the Stade plant in Germany. He was also responsible for coordinating the interface activities between Airbus and two joint ventures of Airbus in China: the Harbin Manufacturing Centre and the Beijing Engineering Centre.

González-Ripoll was born in Cordoba, Spain, in 1952. He graduated in Naval Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain.

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