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Nov 3, 2022

In this episode of the Leadership in Aviation Podcast, René Banglesdorf, Founder and CEO of The Aviation Collective, sits down with Benoit Defforge, President of Airbus Corporate Jets.

Benoit discusses his journey in aviation, leading a diverse team from all over the world, leading by example, the importance of setting a vision with strong values, having curiosity and courage, and how to overcome obstacles to get to your desired destination.

More About Benoit:
Benoit Defforge, leads the Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) business globally – a position that he has held since 1st January 2014. In May 2007, Benoit Defforge was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Corporate Jet Centre, the Airbus outfitting Centre. In this role, from 2007 to 2013, Benoit successfully managed the creation and development of the company, delivering more than 20 VIP cabins for ACJ319/320 and a large scope of dedicated services.

In 2005, Benoit Defforge was appointed Head of Airbus A380 Electrical Systems development, responsible for boosting performance while implementing harmonized processes throughout all Airbus sites.

He started his career at Airbus in 2003, initially leading a project to improve the performance of the Airbus A330 final assembly line in Toulouse.

Prior to working for Airbus, Benoit joined in 1990 the aerospace manufacturer Labinal, which is part of the Safran group. At Labinal, Benoit Defforge started his career in general engineering and then, as an Operations Manager and was responsible for leading a variety of programs from business jets to airliners and helicopters, rising to become the General Manager of a business unit serving Airbus, helicopter and railway customers.

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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide. More than 210 Airbus Corporate Jets, all derived from the world’s most modern airliner family, are in service worldwide.