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Airbus Group Australia Pacific to get new managing director from July 1

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 24, 2015

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston (centre)formally opens Airbus Group Australia Pacific's new Canberra headquarters, accompanied (l-r) by board member Mr John Sharpe, Managing Director Dr Jens Goennemann, and board members LTGEN (ret) Ken Gillespie, and Mr Laurie Brereton. (AGAP)
Outgoing Airbus Group Australia Pacific MD Jens Goennemann, second from left, at the official opening of Airbus’s Canberra office last year.

Airbus Group Australia Pacific managing director Jens Goennemann has confirmed he is leaving the company at the end of June.

Dr Goennemann, who has led Airbus Group Australia Pacific and before that Australian Aerospace since January 2008, will be replaced by Major General Tony Fraser (ret’d), a company spokesperson has confirmed.

Airbus Group Australia Pacific, which was rebranded from Australian Aerospace in July 2014 and is a subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, has 1,400 staff across 15 sites. Its activities include sales and support of Airbus Helicopters, the final assembly of 42 of the 46 MRH 90 Taipan helicopters currently being delivered to the Australian Army and Navy, and maintainance and support of a number of ADF platforms including the Tiger ARH, C-130J Hercules and AP-3C Orion.

Goennemann confirmed his departure on Monday when announcing the acquisition of Safe Air from Air New Zealand.

“As the outgoing managing director of Airbus Group Australia Pacific, this is the last item to cross off my list; to strengthen the base in New Zealand upon which our business can grow,” Goennemann said in a statement.


“And as a relatively newly-confirmed Australian citizen I am delighted to have been able to play a part in the formation of this new trans-Tasman partnership.”

Fraser is currently Head of Region – Australasia for Finmeccanica. He retired from the Army in 2011 after serving as Head Helicopter Systems Division within the Defence Material Organisation.

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