Airbus has appointed Yann Barbaux as its chief innovation officer, effective May 1. Yann is former developer and leader of the Corporate Research organization, EADS Innovation Works.

According to Airbus, Yann’s key mission will be to “foster a strong innovation culture throughout Airbus. Together with his team, he will encourage new ideas from all areas of the company and facilitate a rapid, systematic screening at the right decision making levels.”