Airbus Group SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has appointed Dirk Hoke (46) to succeed Bernhard Gerwert (62) as CEO of Airbus Defence and Space (DS) as of 1 April 2016.
Dirk Hoke, until recently CEO of the Large Drives business unit at Siemens AG, will join Airbus Group on 1 January 2016 as Deputy to Bernhard Gerwert. Between January and March next year, Dirk Hoke will familiarise himself with Airbus Group and the Defence and Space business in particular. During this time, Bernhard Gerwert will continue to lead Airbus DS as CEO. As of 1 April 2016, Dirk Hoke will take over the operational lead and become CEO of Airbus DS as well as member of the Group Executive Committee. Bernhard Gerwert will then support Dirk Hoke and Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders as a Senior Advisor at least until June 2016.