People: European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS NV (EAD.PA)
Mr. John Leahy is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Customers Unit of Airbus and Member of the Executive Committee of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS NV. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer - Customers in July 2005, continuing his responsibilities as Chief Commercial Officer of Airbus, a role he held since August 1994. Mr. Leahy is Member of both the Group and the Airbus Executive Committees. In March 2012, he received one of France’s top civilian awards by being named an Officer of the Legion d'Honneur, for his services to European and French aviation. Mr. Leahy worked for seven years in marketing at Piper Aircraft before joining Airbus North America in January 1985. He became Head of Sales in 1988 and then became President of Airbus North America, where his responsibilities included sales and marketing, as well as sales finance and contracts activities for the important American and Canadian markets. Mr. Leahy has Masters of Business Administration from Syracuse University with concentration in both Finance and Transportation Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University with a dual major in Communications and Philosophy. He is also a licensed multi-engine commercial pilot and a former flight instructor with more than 3,700 hours of flying time.
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