Based at the Grand Central airport in Midrand, Martin leads the Airbus Defence & Space activities in Southern Africa. His role include the coordination of all industrial cooperation with local partners and the engagement with key ministries on all levels. As a truly European company, Airbus cooperates closely with various European governments and Embassies as well as European institutions. Martin’s previous roles with Airbus included senior management positions in Spain, Canada, France, Germany and the USA, where he began his career with Airbus after graduating from Indiana University in Pennsylvania. Martin has dual German-French nationality; is a reserve Officer in the German Army; and holds a Canadian and JAR pilot license as well as a South African helicopter license.