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- Fabrice Brégier, COO of Airbus
Fabrice Brégier was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus effective 1 June 2012. He is also a Member of the EADS Executive Committee.
Before assuming his present role, he was Airbus Chief Operating Officer (COO) from 31 October 2006. His responsibilities included Power8, the company’s wide-ranging restructuring and change programme, the Executive Committee functions Operations, Engineering and Procurement, and the A350 programme. As a member of the EADS Executive Committee he was also commissioned for the improvement of the overall Group-wide Operational Performance.
Fabrice Brégier was born on 16th July 1961. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, and started his career in 1983 as a test engineer at Creys-Malville nuclear power station, becoming sales manager at Pechiney (Japan) in 1984. In 1986 he joined the DRIRE Alsace (Ministry of Industry) and was then appointed Director of economic and financial affairs with the Ministry of Agriculture in 1989.
Having been Advisor to several French Ministers, Mr Brégier joined Matra Défense in 1993 as Chairman of the Apache MAW GIE (co-operation with Dasa) and Eurodrone GIE (with STN-Atlas). In 1996 he was appointed Director of Stand-Off activities (Apache, Scalp EG/Storm Shadow) in Matra BAe Dynamics.
In 1998, Fabrice Brégier became CEO of Matra BAe Dynamics. He was then appointed CEO of MBDA, the leading European Missile Systems Company that was created in 2001 by the merging of Aerospatiale Matra, British Aerospace and Finmeccanica’s activities. In 2003, Fabrice Brégier became President and CEO of the Eurocopter Group before assuming the COO role at Airbus in 2006.