EADS has appointed Ralph Crosby chairman and chief executive of EADS North America in a move by the European manufacturer to establish a strong industrial presence in the USA and benefit from the rise in US defence spending.

Until January Crosby was head of Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector. The move follows EADS's deal last month with Boeing to co-operate on ballistic missile defence.

Last year 34% of EADS's revenues came from the USA, but its ability to expand further, especially in the defence market, will be limited by its Netherlands registration. Crosby is tasked with building more and closer ties with US contractors.

Source: Flight International