Airbus has named Gunter Butschek as its executive vice-president of operations, succeeding Gerald Weber who is leaving the airframer.
Butschek will take up his position at the beginning of March, says the manufacturer, and he will be heading serial production of the A350.
Airbus is trying to keep the A350 programme on track having already indicated recently that the schedule for service entry of the twin-engined aircraft is threatening to slip.
Butschek will be a member of the Airbus executive committee and chair the board of management at Airbus' German division.
His background includes a long period with automotive specialist Daimler and he is chief executive of Daimler's Chinese joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Company.