Dr. Alexander Toussaint has been the CEO of the Aerostructures division and a member of the RUAG Group Executive Board since the start of 2015. At the end of June, he will step down from his position as CEO of RUAG Aerostructures at his own request in order to pursue a new challenge outside of RUAG. From 1 July 2018 onwards, Dirk Prehn (50) will assume the management of the division on a temporary basis. Dirk Prehn has worked as Senior Vice President and Head Programs & Sales for RUAG Aerostructures since 2015.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Alexander Toussaint – also on behalf of the Board of Directors – for his valuable work over the last few years. Under his leadership, key customer relationships were markedly strengthened, sustainable growth was secured and the division was organised so that it is fit for the future, e.g. through the opening of an ultra-modern surface-treatment facility in Emmen. By setting up a new production facility in Eger, Hungary, he also managed to increase the competitiveness of the two other production facilities in Emmen (Switzerland) and Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany),” said Urs Breitmeier, CEO of the RUAG Group, as he paid tribute to Dr. Toussaint and wished him all the best for the future.
With 1,250 employees working at three locations in Germany, Switzerland and Hungary, the Aerostructures division provides aerostructure services around the world in its position as a first-tier supplier. One of the strengths of the division is its ability to manage complex supply chain networks. Its responsibilities include the complete global supply chains for the fuselage sections for Airbus and Bombardier.