European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. Chief Executive Tom Enders, who beat his counterpart at Boeing Co. three years ago in a horse race in Wyoming, now has his eyes on a bigger prize: supremacy in global aerospace.
France is selling weapons to Russia in defiance of American efforts to isolate President Vladimir Putin. The U.S. is preparing to slap France’s largest bank with a fine that could top $10 billion. French government ministers have sought to derail General Electric Co.’s bid for France’s top energy-equipment maker.
Tom Enders, a swashbuckling one- time German paratrooper, was planning to join German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a state visit to China Aug. 29 when he decided to take an end-of-summer outing and go hang-gliding.
Hours before announcing plans for the biggest merger in aerospace history, Tom Enders stood on a Berlin airfield and poked fun at the title of German aviation coordinator Peter Hintze by calling him ``the Terminator.''
Tom Enders slipped on his tan leather aviator jacket and shades and settled in the pilot seat of a white helicopter, before commanding the chopper through the skies of northern Germany on its 20-minute flight to Hamburg.