To be based in Singapore, Nasr will be responsible for Airbus’ overall strategy, industrial footprint and operations in the region, as well as for advancing the company’s 'One Roof' policy to integrate its various business entities in key markets. The area led by Nasr covers the whole Asia-Pacific region.
In addition, he is concurrently nominated as head of regional sales Asia-Pacific, including China and India, for Airbus Defence and Space. In this role, he will be responsible for sales of the company’s complete range of defence and space products in this area
Nasr was until the end of December head of regional sales for the Middle East, Africa, France and the UK for Airbus Defence and Space. He joined the division (then EADS Defence and Security) in 2005 and has previously held key management positions leading the secure networks, integrated systems and cyber security businesses.
Patrick de Castelbajac, Airbus executive vice president strategy and international, said, "Jean-Marc has successfully led a diverse range of businesses within the Airbus organisation. His proven management skills, commercial track record and international experience make Jean-Marc the right choice to build further our presence in one of most important regions for all areas of our business. We wish him every success."
Nasr succeeds Pierre Jaffre, who has led Airbus in the region for the past 18 years. Jaffre will remain with the company until October 2019 to ensure a smooth transition with his successor.
"We thank Pierre for his excellent contribution and dedication over the years he spent at Airbus and wish him all the best for his future endeavours," de Castelbajac added.
Airbus Defence and Space has a major presence in Australia. In 2011, the Royal Australian Air Force became the launch operator of the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), which it designates locally as the KC-30A.
Airbus has also been supplying Earth observation satellite imagery to the Australian market for over 25 years, and the company’s fully integrated optical and radar satellite constellation enables daily acquisitions at high resolutions.
In 2016, a brand new purpose-built satellite ground station was established in Adelaide to land Airbus’ Skynet secure military satellite communications. In June 2018, Airbus selected Wyndham airfield in Western Australia as the first flight base for its pioneering Zephyr solar-powered unmanned aircraft.
Airbus’ space systems business line designs, develops and operates major space systems around the world.