Chris Emerson, former president of the helicopter manufacturing business and head of North American operations atÂ Airbus Group, has been namedÂ president of the aerospace contractor’sÂ Herndon, Va.-based defense and space unit.
The more than 20-year company veteran will be responsible for identifying potentialÂ business opportunities with the departments of Defense and Homeland Security in his new position, Airbus said Wednesday.
The defense and space segment Emerson now leads will absorbÂ U.S. government and military programs,Â which includeÂ the UH-72A Lakota twin-engine aircraft, from the helicopter unit.
Between 2003 andÂ 2010, he served as Airbusâ chief financial officer with responsibility over its partnership with Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) for the U.S. Air Forceâs refueling tanker competition.
He also held senior vice president and marketing leadership roles within the company.