PARIS, Sept 30 Airbus Group said on
Friday it would merge with its planemaking unit and simplify its
brand and management structure, marking a break with its complex
corporate roots as it prepares for tougher expected competition.
Europe's largest aerospace group will be renamed "Airbus"
after its core planemaking brand under the shake-up, the latest
piece of corporate tinkering since it emerged from a cluster of
French, German and Spanish aerospace interests in 2000.
Airbus confirmed the promotion of Fabrice Bregier to the new
role of chief operating officer for the whole group, with
overall responsibility for reshaping digital operations as well
as for the global supply chain and quality.
He will continue to carry out his existing job in charge of
the planemaking business, renamed Airbus Commercial Aircraft.
(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Victoria Bryan)