C. Jeffrey Knittel new Chairman, CEO of Airbus Americas
Herndon, Usa - Effective 2018
Aerospace industry veteran C. Jeffrey Knittel, formerly both Chief Executive of C2 Aviation Capital and President of CIT Transportation Finance, will join Airbus early next year, taking the reins of the company’s business in the Americas. Knittel, who brings more than 25 years of global aerospace leadership experience to the position, will join the company at its Americas headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, on 12 January, 2018, as Airbus Americas Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Airbus Americas’ current CEO, Barry Eccleston, announced that he will retire 28 February, 2018, following more than 12 years of service to Airbus. Allan McArtor, current Chairman of the Board for Airbus Americas since 2001, will remain with the company as Chairman Emeritus. As Airbus Americas Chairman and CEO, Knittel will be responsible for Airbus’ commercial aircraft business throughout the Americas, as well as for providing leadership for the company’s helicopters and space and defense businesses in North America. Prior to leading C2 Aviation Capital, Knittel served in a series of senior leadership positions at CIT Group Inc. since joining that company in 1986. From 1982 to 1986, he held various senior management positions with Manufacturers Hanover Leasing Corporation. He began his career with the Cessna Finance Company.
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