Qantas' departing CIO to join Airbus

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Qantas' departing CIO to join Airbus
Luc Hennekens

IT chief's new French gig revealed.

Qantas' departing chief information officer Luc Hennekens will join aerospace giant Airbus in Toulouse as its new CIO from October.

Hennekens announced his departure from Australia's national carrier in July, revealing only that he was headed for a new role in France.

Airbus last week revealed its current CIO Guus Dekkers would leave in September after eight years in the role, to be replaced by fellow Dutchman Hennekens.

Hennekens will report into the Airbus Group's group digital transformation officer Marc Fontaine and the chief operations officer of the group's Airbus civil aircraft maker subsidiary Tom Williams.

The new IT executive will be responsible for systems and digital solutions, IT security, and employee applications, Airbus said.

"Luc brings extensive experience from different industries in IT and transformation across the globe," Airbus CEO Tom Enders said in a statement.

"During his assignment at Qantas, Luc was at the heart of digitisation and big data deployment in various innovative fields, for example passenger experience or performance of aircraft.”

Hennekens will join a business with 136,000 global employees and 2015 revenue of €64.5 billion (A$94 billion).

Qantas is currently searching for a replacement CIO.

Hennekens' tenure at the airline was categorised by a public cloud push that involved the migration of Qantas' core website to AWS infrastructure.

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