Christian Duhain to lead EADS International
The Executive Committee of EADS has appointed Christian Duhain (55) as the new Head of EADS International, the corporate marketing organisation of EADS. Duhain succeeds Jean-Paul Gut who was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) for marketing, international and strategy last June.
Christian Duhain will be responsible for capturing new markets and ensuring the EADS commercial presence throughout the world. He will support EADS Divisions and Business Units in their international campaigns by defining their marketing objectives with them and by implementing the corresponding strategy. Christian Duhain will report to Jean-Paul Gut.
“The aerospace and defence market has evolved very rapidly over the last few years. To continue our successful growth, we have to become more global. Our strongest arm to bring business and leadership to international markets is and will continue to be EADS International.” said Jean-Paul Gut. “I’m very confident that Christian is the right man to face this challenge.”
Christian Duhain has been the Senior Vice President for South Asia & Pacific within EADS International since 2000. He contributed to remarkable successes: the breakthrough of Tanker aircraft in Australia, helicopters (NH 90 and Tiger), the penetration of Airbus among local traditional airlines (Thailand, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam) and low-cost carriers as well as winning campaigns for other Divisions and Business units of the Group (Theos observation satellite in Thailand among others). He also played an active role in the region in identifying potential future markets such as India and in defining the right strategy to position EADS as a local player on those markets.
Between 1993 and 1999, he was Senior Vice President for South Asia and Advisor to Jean-Paul Gut within Aerospatiale Matra Lagardère International. Christian Duhain joined Matra Défense in 1989 as Export Vice President and became Senior Vice President, International Operations, at the Lagardere Group in 1993. During this period, Duhain has achieved a strong experience in worldwide export markets especially in Greece, Korea and the Middle East region.
EADS International is the corporate entity in charge of the international development of EADS. It is a business-oriented organization and operates in close cooperation with the Business Units by providing them with a large range of high-level services in the field of exports. With more than 30 foreign offices, EADS International has developed one of the largest international networks of the aerospace industry.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of € 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.