Alberto Gutiérrez has been chosen to head Military Aircraft within Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus SE).
He will officially take over from 1 January 2019. Gutiérrez will report to Airbus Defence and Space Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dirk Hoke. He will also become a Member of the division’s Executive Committee.
Alberto Gutiérrez has also been tasked with the additional responsibility of heading Airbus Spain and will oversee the company’s overall business activities in the country.
He succeeds Fernando Alonso, 62, who will retire after 37 years at Airbus. Fernando Alonso will stay on until the end of March 2019 to ensure a smooth transition.
CEO, Airbus Defence and Space, Dirk Hoke said: “With Alberto Gutiérrez, we have a successor to Fernando who brings an extensive background and expertise in military aircraft. His business intimacy is a crucial asset as we look towards exploring a range of new opportunities in the defence business ranging from campaigns on existing platforms like the Eurofighter or the A330 MRTT to new projects like the future combat air system. Alberto’s strong customer focus combined with programme and engineering expertise, make him the ideal candidate to continue our improvement and growth journey in our Military Aircraft business in the coming years.”
Alberto Gutiérrez was CEO for Eurofighter GmbH based in Germany from 2013 to 2016. He started his career in 1985 as an engineer and has held many senior management positions in Airbus Defence and Space as head of operations for Airbus Military and head of Eurofighter production for Germany and Spain.
He has a Telecommunications Engineering degree from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. It provides civilian, tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft and helicopters. It is also one of the world’s leading space companies.