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Airbus Helicopters Australia and New Zealand appoints new MD

written by Liam Garman | November 4, 2021

Christian Venzal has been appointed as managing director of Airbus Helicopters Australia and New Zealand. (Airbus Helicopters)

Airbus Helicopters confirmed the appointment of a new managing director to oversee the company’s Australia and New Zealand operations.

Airbus Helicopters has confirmed that it has appointed Christian Venzal as managing director of Airbus Helicopters Australia and New Zealand, having served as vice-president, transversal coordination and business development, at the company’s headquarters in Marignane, France.

According to a release from the company, Venzal began his new role at the beginning of this month.

Venzal brings 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry across management, strategy, sales and customer relations into his new role, where he will oversee the company’s civil and military helicopter business in Australia and New Zealand from the company’s Brisbane office.

“Australia and New Zealand are key markets for our helicopter business, with a strong footprint in the civil, parapublic and military segments,” Venzal said.

“In addition, we have an important local presence in both countries with some 1,300 employees in Australia and 200 in New Zealand. I look forward to further developing our position in these markets, working closely with colleagues, customers, partners and industry stakeholders.”

Airbus Helicopters confirmed that Venzal will report to Vincent Dubrule, head of Airbus Helicopters Asia-Pacific.


The appointment comes as Airbus welcomed an Australian tech firm into its bid for JP9102.

Local technology services provider Willyama is the latest member of Team Maier – an Airbus-led cooperative gunning for the Commonwealth government’s JP9102 Australian Defence SATCOM System contract.

Willyama – which employs approximately 50 staff nationally with a strong focus on Indigenous and veteran employment – offers classified networking planning, end-to-end cyber security and hardware and software procurement.

The Canberra-based company will be tasked with delivering “secret” and “top secret” security accreditation for Team Maier, while also advising on the risk management strategy, system architecture and security controls proposed by the JP9102 cooperative.

Article courtesy of Defence Connect.

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