Fleet retires, Barclay takes top job

Posted on 22 Mar 2010 by The Manufacturer

Airbus' Brian Fleet will retire in June, leaving the company after 36 years. Mark Barclay will take his place, it was announced today.

With a 30-year career in the defence, aerospace and services industries behind him, Barclay will start as senior vice-president on May 4.

He will oversee all the wing and pylon-related activities within the company and control operations throughout Europe, the USA and China. He will be based in Broughton, North Wales, where wing design and manufacturing for Airbus take place.

Dr. Gerard Weber, executive vice-president, operations, said: “Airbus is pleased to welcome Mark to our team. His inclusive and customer-focused management style built upon his broad experience, common sense and delivering commitments will be very beneficial to Airbus.”

Barclay’s latest job was as chief operating officer at Thales UK, the country’s second largest defense electronics supplier. He also worked in Toulouse as managing director of the Aerospace Services Worldwide business.

Commenting on his appointment, Barclay said: “I am delighted and privileged to be appointed to this role and to be heading-up such a skilled and professional team. When you talk about Airbus people pay attention because they know of the quality of the product and the brand. I want to make sure it stays that way and I am looking forward to meeting with all the employees that give this company the great name it is.”

Global company Airbus manufactures about half of the world’s airliners with more than 100 seats.

Roberto Priolo