ATR Appoints Nathalie Tarnaud Laude as CEO

Nathalie Tarnaud Laude ATR CEO

ATR announces that its Board Members, Airbus and Leonardo, have appointed the new Chief Executive Officer, Nathalie Tarnaud Laude, effective from 17 September.

Nathalie succeeds Stefano Bortoli, whose four-year mandate expires at the same date, following the terms set by ATR’s bylaws. Stefano will take on a new leadership role at Leonardo that will be announced by the company in the upcoming days.

Since joining Airbus back in 2005, Nathalie has held various positions in the Aerospace and Defence Industry. In October 2019, she was appointed Head of the NH90 programme for Airbus
Helicopters and NHIndustries’ President, with core responsibilities covering the steering of main NH90 programme activities. These include development & certification, industrialisation &
production, support & services, procurement & supply chain, commercialisation, offers & marketing and finance, with the target to deliver the NH90 on-time, on-cost and on-quality to
customers (serial and retrofit activities) and accelerate transitioning from production to in-service phase with a dedicated initiative in that direction.



Prior to this, she was Head of Treasury at Airbus Helicopters and Head of Operations New Technology Ventures within the Airbus Group CTO organisation, with a wide range of missions
encompassing notably the negotiation and follow up of major technology partnerships in the fields of Hybrid-Electric propulsion, Data analytics, AI etc., the strategic, business and financial support to the E-Fan 2.0 (2 seater full electric aircraft) development project and the management of the operations for the Testia entities (Non Destructive Testing subsidiaries of Airbus Group). 

From 2005 till 2013 she has been leading M&A transactions for all Airbus Group divisions including notably the business combination attempt with BAE Systems in 2012 (>35bn€ value).
Before this, she was an equity research analyst with Aurel Leven Securities in Paris and a risk manager on equity derivatives for CCF Securities in Paris.



Academically, she holds a MBA from London Business School, a Masters in Finance from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and the SFAF diploma. She also attended the INSEAD
Transition to General Management course in 2013. She is fluent in French and English.

Nathalie Tarnaud Laude said: “I thank Stefano for his strong leadership in preserving ATR’s market position and financial situation, while at the same time maintaining its highly skilled workforce in the unprecedented times of Covid, and preparing the grounds for the future of ATR. I am honored to join such an exceptional team of passionate and professional individuals, and I look forward to working with all ATR employees, existing and new customers, and our shareholders, to bring the company to the next heights. You can count on all my energy and enthusiasm to continue the ATR extraordinary success story.”

ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the bestselling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment.

The unifying vision of the company’s employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner.

Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open more than 100 new routes on average every year, burn up to 45% less fuel and emit up to 45% less CO2 than regional jets.

For all of these reasons, ATR have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world.

ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.


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