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- Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of EADS' Defence & Security Division "Cassidian"
Bernhard Gerwert, born on 27 April 1953, is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cassidian. Prior to assuming this position, he served as Cassidian’s Chief Operating Officer from 2011.
From 2007 to 2011, Gerwert held the position of CEO Cassidian Air Systems and was a member of the Board of Cassidian, formerly known as EADS Defence & Security Division.
Gerwert began his career in 1979 as a planning engineer at Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm GmbH (MBB). After having held different positions in Engineering, Product Support and Controlling at MBB, he became Vice President Finance & Controlling at Dasa Headquarters in 1990. From 1995 to 2000 he took on various leadership positions, at Dasa, Dornier and DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, including the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Defence and Civil Systems Division of DaimlerChrysler Aerospace as well as CFO of Dornier GmbH and member of the Board of Management from 1997 to 1999.
In 2000, he became Vice President of Electronic Systems and was appointed to the Executive Committee of Defence Electronics & Telecommunications. In 2001, he became Senior Vice President of Integrated Sensor Systems and a member of the Executive Committee for Systems & Defence Electronics.
Gerwert took over the role of Senior Vice President Air and Naval Defence and became a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Unit Defence & Communication Systems in 2004. In the same year, he became CEO & President of Defence Electronics and member of the Board of the EADS Defence & Security Division. In addition to this position, he was Corporate Vice President Marketing & International Sales from 2006.
Gerwert studied electrical engineering at the University of Paderborn and industrial engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld in Germany. He holds degrees in both fields.