20 December 2013
Engineer of the year is... Didier Evrard, Head of A350 program in Airbus
Didier Evrard is Mr A350. And he received the award of “the engineer of the year” in December during the annual ceremony organized by Usine Nouvelle magazine.
He has managed an industrial development for last 7 years with more than 10,000 engineers and with a cost exceeding EUR 10 billion. This former student of the École Centrale de Lyon and Sup'Aero has celebrated in July his 60 years "with pride" one month later than the First Flight of the A350.
"Didier Evrard has big pressure on the shoulders, but works quietly, discreetly," reflects Françoise Vallin, CFE - CGC Airbus trade union delegate.
"At first, people were stunned that we did not choosen an airbusien”, said Louis Gallois former EADS CEO. "He had never worked on an aircraft during his career and we appointed him as the Head of the most difficult program never done”.
"Great skills, respect for the process, attention to detail and overall vision", described Bregier. To carry out the A350 XWB program, he has developed a battery of activities: technology demonstrators, shared and harmonized tools & schedule of Airbus and its subcontractors, proximity with airlines, better controlled communication...
Based on the article “L'ingénieur de l'année est... Didier Evrard, directeur du programme A350 “ published in Usine Nouvelle