Jul 31, 2017: Airbus has appointed Luo Gang as the CEO of the new innovation centre to be set up in China.
Gang spent nearly three years establishing Uber China’s business before it was purchased by Didi Chuxing in 2016. His experience in London with UK start-up Rangespan taught him how quickly technology can transform traditional businesses. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from Tianjin University and an MBA from the London Business School.
China's fast-paced start-up culture makes it a perfect place for Airbus to create a new innovation centre. Growth has come to China from manufacturing, technology and finance these days.
“China is a powerhouse of innovation now and has a strong and complete ecosystem including hardware, software, artificial intelligence and etc,” says Gang. “Extending this know-how to aerospace will advance new ways of manufacturing, auto-pilot, urban mobility and in-flight experience in China-speed.”
Gang’s first mission will be to set up the innovation centre to be fully operational when it officially opens later in 2017. In his role, Gang will report to Paul Eremenko, Airbus CTO.
The new Airbus innovation centre, which is tasked with defining the future of flight by identifying the next big change to transform the aerospace sector, will serve to reinforce Airbus’ extended innovation eco-system.