Strategy and Vision
As a global leader in aerospace and defence, EADS develops technologies to help define the future of our industry. Technology is the tool for achieving the EADS Vision 2020, and technology leadership through innovation is therefore a permanent driver for EADS and it is key for ensuring that the company’s future business will be a success.
In our industry, the pace of competition is permanently intensifying — the main players are moving to the market faster, and new players are emerging, especially in Asia. The time-to-market for breakthrough technologies is decreasing, while the integration of technologies becomes as important as the individual breakthrough technologies themselves.
As the Chief Technical Officer, my mission is to be the focal point for EADS Research & Technology and for innovation across EADS. I also steer the EADS-wide harmonisation of transversal technical processes, methods and tools, and skills development programmes and I carry out specific technical assessments on behalf of the CEO and the EADS Executive Committee.
Both the Chief Quality Officer and the Chief Information Officer are part of my organisation, since innovation is not only about Research & Technology but also about increased quality and optimised information and production processes.
Fundamentally, our Research & Technology strategy is to drive the emergence and development of new aerospace and defence technologies to maturity, so as to help EADS and its Divisions meet the evolving needs of customers in our home markets and emerging markets. Our Research & Technology strategy creates the company’s technology portfolio and aligns it with the business strategy. It has a clear focus on growing markets and the key technologies for a successful on-time, on-quality, on-price introduction of new products and services.
We keep our innovation pipeline constantly full to replace ageing technologies and processes. Our researchers are developing technologies which are directly related to the requirements of today’s society: enhanced mobility, security and environmental best practice. We always bear in mind the needs of our customers as well as the maintainability and the lifecycle costs of our products.
The skilled EADS workforce is our real treasure. We recognise that the technical expertise of our employees is of vital importance for a successful future. Together with our Human Resources department, it is a key job for me as the Chief Technical Officer to keep this expertise at the appropriate level and to strengthen our competencies by developing and managing our Research & Technology employees.
Dr. Jean J. Botti
Dr. Jean J. Botti is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of EADS and a member of the EADS Executive Committee. He has corporate responsibility for Technology, Quality and Information Technology.