Airbus Americas CEO to speak at Wichita Aero Club today

October 19, 2011 2:26pm

Original article by Molly McMillin. Click here to view The Wichita Eagle post.

Barry Eccleston, president and CEO of Airbus Americas, will be the keynote speaker at today’s Wichita Aero Club luncheon. Eccleston oversees Airbus’ efforts in the U.S. and Canada, including sales and marketing, service and training.

Eccleston, 64, began his career in aviation as a flight test engineer for Rolls-Royce, later becoming president and CEO of Rolls-Royce Industries Canada. He also served as CEO of International Aero Engines and held executive positions with Fairchild Dornier and Honeywell. Before joining Airbus, Eccleston was vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s Engines, Systems and Services’ propulsion systems enterprise.

Eccleston has a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Loughborough University in England and completed the International Executive program at the Institute of Management Development in Switzerland. He also is a private pilot.

He was born in the United Kingdom and became a U.S. citizen in 1997. Eccleston is married with a son and a daughter.

The luncheon will be held at noon at the Wichita Airport Hilton hotel. Networking begins at 11:15. For more information, go to