Airbus appoints Jean-Marc Nasr as president Asia-Pacific

January 15, 2019 | 16:33
Airbus, a global leader in aeronautics, space, and related services, has appointed Jean-Marc Nasr as president Asia-Pacific, effective from January 1, 2019, showing its plan to further boost its footprint in the region.
airbus appoints jean marc nasr as president asia pacific
Jean-Marc Nasr, newly-appointed president Asia-Pacific, Airbus

Based in Singapore, Jean-Marc Nasr will be responsible for Airbus’ overall strategy, industrial footprint, and operations in the region, as well as for advancing the company’s “One Roof” policy to integrate its various business entities in key markets. The area led by Jean-Marc Nasr covers the whole Asia-Pacific region.

In addition, Jean-Marc Nasr is concurrently nominated as head of Regional Sales Asia-Pacific, including China and India, for Airbus Defence and Space. In this role, he will be responsible for sales of the company’s complete range of defence and space products in this area.

Jean-Marc Nasr was until the end of December Head of Regional Sales for the Middle East, Africa, France and the UK for Airbus Defence and Space. He joined the division (then EADS Defence and Security) in 2005 and has previously held key management positions leading the secure networks, integrated systems, and cybersecurity businesses.

Born in 1961, he began his career with Aérospatiale in 1986 and has an engineering degree from France’s Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité and a PhD in Physics from the University of Paris.

“Jean-Marc has successfully led a diverse range of businesses within the Airbus organisation,” said Patrick de Castelbajac, Airbus executive vice president Strategy and International. “His proven management skills, commercial track record, and international experience make Jean-Marc the right choice to build our presence further in one of the most important regions for all areas of our business. We wish him every success.”

Jean-Marc Nasr succeeds Pierre Jaffre, who has led Airbus in the region for the past 18 years. Pierre Jaffre will remain with the company until October 2019 to ensure a smooth transition with his successor.

In 2017 Airbus generated revenues of €67 billion ($76.6 billion) and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport, and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

In Vietnam, Airbus aircraft have been present since 1991, when Singapore-based Regionair began operating A310 wide-body aircraft on behalf of Vietnam Airlines. This was followed at the end of 1993 by the arrival of the first of seven 150-seat A320s, operated under a wet lease agreement with Air France.

Vietnam is now an important market for Airbus, which is a partner of airlines and leasing companies in Vietnam. Customers include Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VietJet Air, and Vietnam Aviation Leasing Company. To date, Airbus has sold almost 200 civil passenger aircraft to airlines and leasing companies in Vietnam. Together, they have placed orders for aircraft, including the best-selling single-aisle A320 family, the popular and versatile A330 wide-body, and the all-new long-haul A350 XWB.

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