Airbus Defence and Space / Chief Executive Officer
Dirk Hoke is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Defence and Space since 1 April 2016. He is a member of Airbus’ Executive Committee. He joined Airbus on 1 January 2016 from Siemens, where he had been CEO of the Large Drives Business Unit since 2014. He has held various executive-level positions at Siemens since becoming CEO of the Cluster Western & Central Africa in 2008. Dirk Hoke’s career spans 23 years and five continents, recurrently focussing on transportation and digitalisation. From starting out in 1994 as R&D Engineer for process and software analysis at Renault in Paris to being promoted to President of Siemens Transportation Systems China in 2005; a position in which he made Siemens the largest foreign railway supplier in the country. At Siemens, he was also the first to set up a digital platform business in his role as CEO of the Industrial Solutions Division. Dirk Hoke holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Brunswick, Germany. In 2010, Dirk Hoke became a member of the Young Global Leader Class of the World Economic Forum and in 2013, member of the Baden Baden Entrepreneur Talks. Born on 2 April 1969, Dirk Hoke is married with two children.