The head of the Airbus armaments division, Dirk Hoke, is leaving the group in the middle of the year. His successor in Munich in July will be Airbus manager Michael Schöllhorn, who has been Chief Operations Officer in Toulouse for the past two years, responsible for day-to-day operations in the construction of commercial aircraft. This was announced by Airbus on Monday along with a number of other personal details.
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury thanked Hoke, who had come from Siemens in 2015, for his success at the top of the defense and space division. Among other things, he had cleared up the annoyance about the delayed A400 military transporter, wrapped up the Eurofighter and radar contracts and promoted the Euro drone and the future European air combat system FCAS. According to Airbus, he is now looking for a new challenge elsewhere.
Schöllhorn is a mechanical engineer and received his doctorate in control engineering from the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. From 1984 to 1994 he was an officer and helicopter pilot in the German Armed Forces. Schöllhorn's successor in Toulouse will be Alberto Gutiérrez, currently Executive Vice President Military Aircraft.