Yann Barbaux, born on 24 August 1958, is since 2017 the Executive President of Aerospace Valley, a cluster of more than 800 members, OEMs, SMEs, Universities & Research Centers, from the Aerospace sector.
He is Senior Vice-President at Airbus. He is married and has 3 children. From 2013 to 2017 he was Chief Innovation Officer for Airbus Commercial Aircraft. Prior to assuming this position, Yann Barbaux created in 2007, and served as SVP Head of Airbus Group Innovations (former EADS Innovation Work), the Corporate Research Organization of AIRBUS.
Yann Barbaux began his career in 1982 at Aerospatiale, in the Corporate Quality Organization. He was associated to the development of new programs, such as the Airbus A320, as an expert in metallic materials. In 1987 he was appointed as head of the Metallic and Thermo-structural Materials Department in the Aerospatiale Common Research Centre. In 1996, he was promoted as Head of Strategy, Research Coordination and Cooperation of the CRC. Beginning of 2000, Yann Barbaux was appointed as Vice President in charge of R&T and Defence in the Corporate Merger Integration team, tasked to prepare and accompany the creation of EADS.
In 2004, he was appointed as Vice President – Chief Executive Officer of GIE EADS CCR. Yann Barbaux published and contributed to a high number of technical publications in International Scientific Reviews and hold a patent on Structural Concepts for a Supersonic Aircraft. He has been a member of various engineering and technology societies, and of the Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development (AGARD) of NATO; in acknowledgement to his contribution as chairman of the Materials Panel of the French Association for Aeronautics & Space (AAAF), he has been elected to the rank of Emeritus Fellow of this Society.
Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur et de l’Ordre National du Mérite, Yann Barbaux is member of the French Association for R & T (ANRT), of the board of the Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris Saclay and of the board of the Federal University of Toulouse.
Graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1981, he also earned a Master’s degree in Metallurgy at the University Paris VI Pierre & Marie Curie.