Airbus keeps Evrard at helm of A350 programme

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Airbus has confirmed that Didier Evrard will continue to lead the A350 programme, following the restructuring of the airframer's executive committee under new chief Fabrice Bregier.

Bregier begins a five-year term as chief executive with John Leahy staying as chief operating officer for customers, while Guenter Butschek becomes chief operating officer.

Tom Williams remains executive vice-president of programmes. Charles Champion is executive vice-president of engineering and Domingo Urena-Raso heads Airbus Military.

Airbus's executive committee also includes Harald Wilhelm, who succeeds Hans-Peter Ring as chief financial officer of parent EADS, as well as human resources chief Thierry Baril and procurement head Klaus Richter.