Christian Gras has been named within the Eurocopter Group as Executive Vice President, Customers and will be reporting directly to Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling. In this function, he will be a member of the Eurocopter Executive Committee.
After having begun his career as Product Engineer with the helicopters Division of Aerospatiale (an EADS predecessor), Christian Gras, who is 52, was then named Vice President of Marketing and Customer Support at Helibras, a Eurocopter subsidiary in Brazil. In 1994, he served as Managing Director of EMSA, a Eurocopter subsidiary in Mexico, before becoming CEO at American Eurocopter Corporation in the United States. In 2000, Christian Gras became the Executive Vice President of Customer Support of Eurocopter and, three years later, he became Senior Vice President for Latin America within the Strategy and Marketing Organization of EADS.
Christian Gras studied General Engineering at the Polytechnical Institute for Applied Sciences and is graduating with an MBA from INSEAD.
Mr. Gras succeeds Philippe Harache, who is leaving the company.