Please join us for a conference and dinner with François Auque President of Airbus Defence and Space France on Tuesday, January 20th in Paris.


Maison des Polytechniciens,
12 rue de Poitiers
75007 Paris, France

Event Details

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military and therefore creating Europe's number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year. Composed of four business lines – Space Systems, Military Aircraft, Communication, Intelligence & Security (CIS) and Electronics – Airbus DS brings together a cutting edge technologies portfolio to continue to meet the complex needs of its customers, contribute to nations' defence and security, and secure Europe's sovereign and independent access to space.

Today, in France, Europe and beyond, space industry is evolving fast towards multiple challenges: cheap and reusable launchers, low cost platforms and satellites constellations. Airbus DS is aimed and locked to provide benchmark profitability in these fields – especially in times of fierce international competition. The recent decisions of the European Space Agency ministerial conference underlines the strategic nature of our activities and shows the strength of having both industry and political authorities aligned. All of this bodes well for our future in space.


47€ Chicago Booth Alumni members
57€ non Alumni members


Register Online

Deadline: 1/20/2015


7:30 PM-8:15 PM: 19:30 Welcome drink

8:15 PM-10:00 PM: Dinner including François Auque's conference

Speaker Profiles

François Auque (Speaker)
Member of Airbus Group Executive Committee,, President of Airbus Defence and Space France and Head of Space Systems

François Auque is Member of Airbus Group Executive Committee, President of Airbus Defence and Space France and Head of Space Systems.

Mr. Auque was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Astrium in 2000, now merged with Cassidian and Airbus Military into Airbus Defence and Space since 2014. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer together with Managing Director for satellites of Aerospatiale Matra after having been Chief Financial Officer of Aerospatiale since 1991. He spent his earlier career with the Suez Group and the French Cour des comptes. Mr. Auque graduated from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), the Institut d'Études Politiques and is an alumnus of École Nationale d'Administration (ENA).


Sandra Valmier, '11 (EXP-16) 
President, Chicago Booth Alumni Club of France