Airbus employees awarded in four distinct categories: inventors, craftsmen, innovators and entrepreneurship spirits
Cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship
Diverse backgrounds and expertise drive innovation
Organised biennially by the Airbus Corporate Technical Office, the Hall of Fame recognises achievement in innovation and ground-breaking concepts across all disciplines within the Group.
Airbus strives to be pioneering, open-minded and future-oriented, encouraging all employees to embrace a culture of creativity and entrepreneurship – values which were embodied by this year’s Hall of Fame inductees.
The Hall of Fame ceremony, which took place in Amsterdam, honoured the people behind innovations ranging from improving quality services in satellite network architecture in space, to developing new tools and performance methods in aircraft structural assembly on the factory floor.
We need to be hungry, impatient, push innovation in order to be at least as successful in the future as we have been in the past.
Among the over 70 high-profile guests, including Airbus' Executive Committee members, the company's CEO Tom Enders praised all the nominees and awardees for their commitment and dedication.
Meanwhile, the Group’s newly appointed CTO, Paul Eremenko, highlighted the pride that the nominees took in working on such ground-breaking products and concepts, as well as the teams’ diversity: “Without standing on each other’s shoulders, none can succeed,” he said.
The Hall of Fame inductees
Best Inventor – Claude Poletti
Developing guaranteed quality
The Hall of Fame’s Best Inventor award was presented to Claude Poletti for developing a service control method in a communication network for Airbus Defence and Space.
Called Service Admission Path Control, it is recognised as the best current solution to guarantee end-to-end quality of service in satellite network architecture.
Fifteen inventions were patented for this project by Poletti and his colleagues Olivier Klotz and Marc Cartigny and their success was reinforced when Airbus Defence and Space won the COMCEPT programme, the French Armed Forces’ first very high-speed satellite based network which was delivered in 2015.
I have discussed with my son about this nomination as inventor and I saw sparkling in his eyes.
Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, lauded team members for their high level of potential, and stressed that the project is “already applied, and will be a very important part in the next generation of satellite systems.”
Best Innovator – Greet Verelst
Driving satellite flexibility
The Best Innovator award was presented to Greet Verelst for her lead role in the Quantum proposal for Eutelsat. Executive Vice President in Space Systems at Airbus Defence and Space, Nicolas Chamussy, presented the award, declaring Verelst’s proposal a “win-win-win strategy between Airbus Defence and Space, Eutelsat and the European Space Agency.”
Verelst’s significant contribution and personal dedication to the project culminated in the signature of the Quantum contract with Eutelsat and ESA.
I see this award as an encouragement for all those people that keep on trying innovative things every day.
Quantum will be the first generation of universal satellites able to serve any region worldwide and adjust to new business without the procurement or the launch of an entirely new satellite. The flexibility and design of Quantum is a first in the commercial industry and marks a milestone in the satellite business.
Best Craftsman – José González Calle
Revolutionising processes on the shop floor
José González Calle received the Best Craftsman award from Airbus’ COO, Tom Williams, for his continuous dedication to the development of projects and process enhancements in aircraft structural assembly at Airbus Puerto Real in Spain – “the smallest empire at Airbus, but one of the strongest in spirit, commitment and passion,” in Williams’ words.
González has acted as a tutor for structural assembly and repairs, both in and out of the fuel tanks area, and has devoted the past ten years of his professional career to the horizontal tail plane of the A380 – Airbus’ widebody market leading product.
There’s a great personal satisfaction and pride to be nominated, now I know that Airbus also feels proud of having me.
González's innovative, creative and autonomous personality has eased the development of new projects, tools and performance methods in structural assembly.
Special prize - Best Entrepreneurship Spirit - Bruno Saint-Jalmes
Game-changing cabin design
Bruno Saint-Jalmes and his state-of-the-art cabin architecture rounded off this year’s Hall of Fame with a flourish. Airbus’s very own in-house entrepreneur and CEO, Tom Enders, shone a spotlight on the special prize winner.
Maximising cabin productivity, optimising a cabin design's adaptability to changing market conditions and trends and stimulating new ways of using cabin space: Saint-Jalmes’s achievements reflect his experimental and instrumental mindset and creative approach to design.
Innovations in cabin design are a game changer for Airbus […] we can put an added value in front of the competitor because we need to be better.
Likewise, Bruno Saint-Jalmes headed the team who designed the all-electric E-Fan 2.0 which was acknowledged with the iF DESIGN AWARD within the mobility category in 2015. An international jury selected E-Fan 2.0 after assessing almost 5,000 entries from 53 countries.