Airbus Names Helibras President As Brazilian Director


November 24, 2017 – Airbus Helicopters has announced that they have named Richard Marelli as the Director of Brasilian Airbus Company. Marelli, who currently serves as the president of Helibras, the Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, will be adding this new title in addition to his role at the helm of Helibras. With this new promotion, Marelli will be Airbus Group’s main representative in Brazil who will be responsible for conducting all Government affairs, contributing to the strategy and support of the company’s commercial campaigns. The executive will report to Alberto Robles, Chief of the Latin America Region of Airbus.

Richard Antoine Celestin Marelli is a graduate of the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon (INSA) with masters in Engineering he obtained in 1981. Marelli also has a specialization in Technical Development he received in 1991 and International Cooperation he achieved in 1992. He has been active in the Airbus Helicopters group since 1981 and has actively participated in the engineering prototype of the Dauphin and Super Puma helicopter programs in France. Marelli was also responsible for the Systems Integration Department and the Industrial Electrical Center as well as the director of the NH90 assembly lines.

“Brazil is an extremely strategic market for Airbus,” says Alberto Robles. “Having someone with Marelli’s expertise along with their knowledge of the country to represent Airbus vis-à-vis key local stakeholders is undoubtedly a great asset to our company.”

Marelli, who assumed the position of president of Helibras at the end of 2015 has been in Brazil since 2010. He has also served as director of Helibras’ largest technology transfer program, the H-XBR project which oversees the manufacture of the H225 and the H225M helicopters nationwide. In Itajubá (MG), company headquarters, he led the areas of Supply Chain, Assembly Lines, Maintenance (MRO) and Engineering and Programs Center.


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