Benoit Defforge

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ)

Benoit Defforge
Benoit Defforge, leads the ACJ business globally – a position that he has held since 1 January 2014. More than 200 Airbus Corporate Jets are in service worldwide.

In May 2007, Defforge was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Corporate Jet Centre, the Airbus outfitting Centre. In this role, from 2007 to 2013, Benoit has successfully managed the creation and the development of the company, delivering more than 20 VIP cabins for ACJ319/320 and a large scope of dedicated services.

In 2005, Defforge was appointed Head of Airbus A380 Electrical Systems development, responsible for boosting performance while implementing harmonized processes throughout all Airbus sites.

Defforge started his career at Airbus in 2003, initially leading a project to improve the performance of the Airbus A330 final assembly line in Toulouse.

Prior to working for Airbus, Defforge joined in 1990 the aerospace manufacturer Labinal, which is part of the Safran group. At Labinal, he started his career in general engineering and then, as Operations Manager and was responsible for leading a variety of program from business jets to airliners and helicopters, rising to become General Manager of a business unit serving Airbus, helicopter and railway customers.

Defforge graduated with an Engineering Diploma from Arts et Métiers Paris Tech in 1987, and an INSEAD Business Diploma in 2011.


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