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Airbus has announced the appointment of Stefan Gesmann as Managing Director of Panavia Aircraft GmbH by the shareholders of the TORNADO consortium. He succeeded Volker Paltzo on 1 June 2021, who has moved back to Airbus after two years in the post. 
Gesmann’s most recent role at Airbus Defence and Space as Head of System Support Services included the integration of Services Engineering Solutions for various aircraft platforms. He has represented the company in the German and European Aerospace Industries Association.
The tri-national Panavia Aircraft leads Europe’s largest cooperative programme for military aircraft with the TORNADO programme. Its shareholders are Airbus Defence and Space GmbH of Germany, BAE Systems plc of the UK and Leonardo S.p.A. of Italy.
Gerhard Heiming