The spirit of innovation across EADS´ Divisions and operations was recognized with the induction of members into the company’s Hall of Fame, which in its third edition honoured employees from Airbus, Astrium, EADS Innovation Works and Eurocopter.
The 2011 winners were announced during a gala organised by the EADS Corporate Technical Office, which sponsors the Hall of Fame. Held at the Dornier Museum in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 9 February 2012, the event was attended by employees, EADS CEO Louis Gallois, as well as Airbus CEO and future EADS CEO Tom Enders, EADS CTO Jean Botti and invited VIPs.
For this year’s event, the EADS Hall of Fame winners were revealed by three special guests: Claudie Haigneré, former French cosmonaut and Minister; former German astronaut Ulf Merbold; and members of the EADS Formation Skydiving Team, who, together with Airbus CEO Tom Enders, jumped out of an EC135 minutes before the ceremony started.
Gérard Economos live performance at the EADS Hall of Fame
Great Inventor, Great Innovators and Great Craftsmen
Named as the Great Inventor in recognition of the number of his high-quality patented inventions was Gerhard Müller, who works at EADS Innovation Works – the company’s research and technology organisation.
Eurocopter’s X3 team was named as the Great Innovator for its development and successful flight demonstrations of the company’s high-speed hybrid helicopter testbed.
Completing the Hall of Fame inductees were François Baras of Astrium and Airbus Military’s José Bello Ibáñez, who were both named Great Craftsmen. And a group of Astrium employees working on the M51 programme received the Special Prize as the Best Systems Engineering Team.
“The Hall of Fame is our way of spotlighting the ‘best of the best’ at a company that has become known worldwide for its innovation and creativity,” explained Jean Botti, the EADS Chief Technical Officer. In paying tribute to the Hall of Fame winners and the finalists, EADS CEO Louis Gallois called innovation “the heartbeat of EADS,” and noted the company is home to some of the most talented and skilled scientists, researchers and craftsmen in the world.
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Gérard Economos closed the ceremony with a live performance, painting a 10-metre canvas of a vibrant landscape in 50 minutes to the music of flutist George Nikolaïdis and percussionist Ludovic Prével.