Former COO-Customers, Airbus
John Leahy was Chief Operating Officer-Customers at Airbus from 2005-2017, the company's chief commercial officer between August 1994 and 2017, and a former member of the Airbus main board of management. Well known as one of the commercial aviation industry's most prolific aircraft salesmen, he made a significant contribution to the increase in Airbus' market share, from 18% in 1995 to 57% a decade later.
Mr. Leahy led the team that sold 16,000 airliners, worth about $2 trillion—an industry record. He led numerous successful commercial activities including the launch of the A380 and A350 XWB. Mr. Leahy also played a significant role in the launch of the A32Neo (New Environmental Option) family, which is the fastest selling aircraft program in aviation history.
Mr. Leahy joined Airbus North America in January 1985 after seven years at Piper Aircraft. He became the Head of Sales in 1988 and, later, President of Airbus North America. He was in charge of the penetration of the strategic North .American market, where most major airlines are now Airbus customers.
Mr. Leahy has an MBA from Syracuse University, with a concentration in both Finance and Transportation Management, and a BA from Fordham University, with a dual major in Communications and Philosophy. He is a licensed multi-engine commercial pilot and a former flight instructor with more than 3,700 hours of flying time.
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