05 February 2004 | Robin Parker
The UK managing director of aeroplane manufacturer Airbus has moved to France to take on a senior procurement role at the company's headquarters.
Tom Williams has relocated to Toulouse to become executive vice-president of procurement, following the retirement of Ray Wilson, who previously held the role.
The role gives Williams a place on Airbus's international executive committee.
Before joining Airbus in 2000, Williams gained a background in purchasing at British Aerospace, now part of BAE Systems, as operations director of internal supply within the company's military aircraft and aerostructures division.
He assumes his new role as Airbus embarks upon a four-year programme to cut costs by E1.5 billion, much of which is set to come from getting suppliers to lower their prices.
He will help the company to determine the full savings plan by the second half of this year. Airbus has so far identified almost two-thirds of these cuts.
Former engineering director Iain Grey has taken over as UK managing director.