Belfast Telegraph

Key man in Airbus/Bombardier deal quits French firm

Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

A key figure in the Airbus deal to acquire a majority stake in the A220 aircraft has left the company.

Eric Schulz has left the role of chief commercial officer at the European aerospace giant with immediate effect. The company said yesterday's departure was down to "personal reasons".

He has been replaced by Christian Scherer (56). Schulz was a central figure in the Airbus deal to acquire a 50.01% stake in Bombardier's C Series, the wings for which are made at the Canadian engineering firm's plant in east Belfast.

He joined Airbus from Rolls Royce in January 2018, replacing the long-serving sales figure John Leahy. In a statement yesterday, Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said he "regretted" the Frenchman's decision.

"With Christian Scherer we see one of our most customer-focused leaders at the commercial helm of Airbus," he said.

"We regret Eric Schulz's decision. We wish him all the best for his future."

Belfast Telegraph