The Shareholders of the Eurofighter consortium have appointed Volker Paltzo as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH as of 1 January 2016. This was announced by the company in Hallbergmoos on Thursday.
Volker Paltzo is currently the CEO of Atlas Elektronik GmbH in Bremen. The 51 year old manager will succeed Alberto Gutierrez who has been the Eurofighter CEO since June 2013. As part of Eurofighter’s rotation policy, Gutierrez will become the new Head of Eurofighter Programme at Airbus Defence and Space in Manching as of 1 January 2016.
Commenting on his appointment, the newly appointed Eurofighter CEO Volker Paltzo said: “I am looking forward to my new role in the Eurofighter programme and I am very keen to meet the expectations of our customers. With Eurofighter Typhoon we have a world class combat aircraft on offer and I am absolutely convinced that we will continue to win new customers.”
The incoming CEO added that the Eurofighter community is very grateful for the commitment and performance of his predecessor Alberto Gutierrez. Volker Paltzo said: “Alberto has done a great job in moving the company forward. The company achieved contract signatures for the Meteor and Storm Shadow integration, for the future E-Scan radar and the Phase 3 Enhancement. During his time, Eurofighter also managed to increase its customer base.”
In response, Alberto said: “Volker joins us in the Eurofighter Programme at an exciting time in the platform’s evolution and a time when the aircraft is seen to be actively delivering for its customers. I wish him well. I am looking forward to taking the knowledge I have gained as CEO of Eurofighter and using it for the benefit of the Programme within my parent company. The effective transfer of knowledge is what makes Eurofighter uniquely potent.”
Volker Paltzo has been the CEO of Atlas Elektronik since 2011. Before that he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) Capabilities at Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH from 2009 to 2011 and therefore has a comprehensive knowledge about the Eurofighter programme.