March 28, 2014
Distinguished Business Leadership AwardThomas Enders was appointed CEO of Airbus Group on June 1, 2012, after serving as CEO of Airbus since 2007. He studied economics, political science, and history at the University of Bonn and at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the aerospace industry in 1991 with Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB), he worked, inter alia, as a member of the “Planungsstab” of the German Minister of Defense. At MBB, and subsequently DASA, he held various positions, including chief of staff, director of corporate development and technology, and head of defense systems. Following the creation of EADS in 2000, he was appointed head of the EADS Defense and Security Systems Division, holding this position until 2005 when he was appointed co-CEO of EADS.
Dr. Enders was president of BDLI, the German Aerospace Industry Association, from 2005 to 2012. He has been a member of the BDI Presidential Board since 2009. From 2005 to 2009, he was chairman of the Atlantik-Brücke e.V. Dr. Enders has served in the Business Advisory Group of UK Prime Minister David Cameron since 2011 and has been a member of the Joint Advisory Council at Allianz SE since 2013.