The head of Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace business in Derby is to leave the company at the end of the year, the engineering giant has confirmed.
Eric Schulz, president of civil aerospace, is leaving Rolls-Royce to head up commercial sales at aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
Mr Schulz has worked at Rolls-Royce for the last seven years and has headed the firm’s civil aerospace division, which is based at Sinfin, for almost two years.
He will take over the role of chief of sales, marketing and contracts for Airbus’s commercial aircraft business from the retiring John Leahy at the end of January.
Airbus is a major customer of Rolls-Royce, which supplies Derby-built Trent engines for a number of its aircraft.
Rolls-Royce has said the search for a permanent replacement for Mr Schulz, who will remain with the business until the end of the year, had already started.
In a statement, the firm said: “Eric will remain with Rolls-Royce until the end of 2017 to help ensure operational execution of the civil aerospace business through to year-end.
Mr Schulz has been president of civil aerospace at Rolls-Royce since January, 2016 (Image: Jonathan Green)
“He will not be involved in strategic or commercial discussions concerning airframe or airline customers.
“Pending the arrival of a permanent successor, Chris Young, in his current role as director of programmes (civil aerospace), will take on immediate responsibility for commercial and strategic matters within civil aerospace, reporting on these matters to chief executive Warren East.”
Mr East said: “I would like to thank Eric for his valuable support and leadership over the past seven years.
“He has laid the foundations for our future success and all of us at Rolls-Royce wish him the very best in his new role.”
Mr Schulz will be taking over from the long-serving John Leahy at Airbus
Airbus chief executive Tom Enders said: “We are glad to have Eric Schulz joining our team.
“He has broad international experience in the aerospace industry, a deep understanding of airline operations and aero engines as well as a proven track record in building and effectively leading organisations in complex environments.
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“This combination of skills and experience makes Eric the right pick to succeed John Leahy at a critical juncture of our company’s development.”
In his new role, Mr Schulz will have a tough act to follow. Mr Leahy has headed commercial sales at Airbus for 33 years and in that time more than 16,000 aircraft have been sold under his leadership.
Mr Enders said: “There are not enough words to express the gratitude I feel for John Leahy both on a professional and personal level. His contribution to Airbus’ commercial aircraft business is epic.”
Source: Derby Telegraph