Airbus has officially confirmed that Guillaume Faury is to replace current company Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tom Enders after his tenure on April 10, 2019.

Faury’s appointment hardly comes as surprise. Amongst both internal and external candidates considered to succeed Enders, the head of Airbus Commercial Aircraft (so-called No.2) – Faubry – has long been speculated to be the favorite. Faury, who was chief of Airbus‘ helicopter unit, had been appointed to his current position back in December 2018, following a power-struggle between Enders and Airbus‘ then No.2, former chief commercial officer and president of commercial aircraft, Fabrice Bregier.

In an official statement on Faury’s appointment by Airbus, released on October 8, 2018, Enders is quoted calling the successor an “excellent choice” and praising his previous experience. “He has gained broad industrial and aeronautic experience over many years and in many roles both inside and outside Airbus,” Enders said. “With his strong values and international mindset, Guillaume stands for the new generation of leaders that Airbus needs for the coming decade. He knows he can rely on me to facilitate a smooth transition”.

Prior coming to Airbus in 2013, Faury held various roles at Eurocopter (from 1998 to 2008):  in engineering, then flight test, Executive Vice President for Commercial Programmes, then Executive Vice President for Research and Development. In 2009 he took up Executive Vice President for Research and Development role as a Member of the Managing Board at Peugeot.

Enders announced that he would not seek a third term at Airbus when his current mandate expires back in December 2017.

Several sources familiar with the matter have indicated a company insider favored to succeed the outgoing boss Tom Enders is likely to be named much sooner than Airbus’ end-year target