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Allan McArtor to become chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc.

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Toulouse, France - January 8, 2014, Toulouse, France - Airbus Group announces that Allan McArtor, currently chairman of Airbus Americas, will succeed Sean O'Keefe as chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc.

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In his new capacity, Mr. McArtor will be a member of the Airbus Group Executive Committee. Mr. McArtor is Chairman of Airbus Americas, Inc., parent company of Airbus Americas Sales, Inc. and Airbus Americas Customer Services, Inc., Airbus Americas Engineering, Inc. located in Wichita, Kansas and Mobile, Alabama.

Named Chairman in June 2001, Mr. McArtor oversees the activities and strategy of Airbus in the United States, Canada, and Latin America in several key areas, including governmental affairs and Airbus industrial strategy in the U.S.

Before joining Airbus, he was founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Legend Airlines, a regional airline based at Dallas Love Field, Texas. Prior to that, he held a series of leadership and senior management positions in the military, civil and government sectors.

From 1979 to 1994, Mr. McArtor served on the senior management team of Federal Express Corporation - except for two years (1987-1989) when President Ronald Reagan appointed him to serve as the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). While at Federal Express, Mr. McArtor was head of all Air Operations including maintenance, operations, training, scheduling and planning for the carrier’s global airline.

This included the successful merger of the Flying Tigers air cargo airline into the Federal Express operations and the development of the long-range fleet plan, which first introduced Airbus A300-600R freighters. Also at Federal Express, he served as Senior Vice President for Telecommunications during the development of FedEx’s extensive satellite based digital network.

Mr. McArtor is a 1964 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (BSE) and was the Cadet Wing Commander. In addition, he holds a Master’s Degree (MSE) from Arizona State University. He was a highly decorated combat fighter pilot in Vietnam, an Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the Air Force Academy, and capped his Air Force career as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force “Thunderbirds” Aerial Demonstration Team. Mr. McArtor continues to hold a Commercial Pilot’s License (instrument rating, multi-engine) and is a member of Tau Beta Pi (engineering honorary society).

Mr. McArtor serves on the Board of Directors of: The European Institute; Washington Area Airports Authority; Aviation Safety Alliance; GKN Aerospace Transparency Systems; Committee for Economic Development; and The Wings Club (and former President). In 2009 he was awarded the Air Traffic Control Association’s Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award for outstanding lifelong achievements by an individual in the field of aviation.

In October 2010, The Wings Club, recognized as the premier aviation club in the world, honored McArtor with the 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award, acknowledging his outstanding accomplishments in the field of aviation. Joining other well-known aerospace pioneers and leaders, Mr. McArtor will be named one of the “Living Legends of Aviation” at an awards ceremony next week in California.

Sean O'Keefe, chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc, the company's North American business unit, will resign his position, effective March 1, 2014.

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