WOMEN IN TECH: Grazia Vittadini, Airbus’ Chief Technology Officer.
Grazia Vittadini is #Airbus’ Chief Technology Officer. Born in Italy and raised in the US, Grazia leads Airbus’ ambition to pioneer sustainable aerospace and build the future of flight. Today she leads a transnational team that spans the globe with facilities in Europe, China, and the Americas that is leading the transformation to sustainable, electric, autonomous and zero-emission air transportation.
Airbus SE is a European multinational aerospace corporation. Airbus designs, manufactures and sells civil and military aerospace products worldwide and manufactures aircraft in Europe and various countries outside Europe.
Vittadini began her career as part of the Eurofighter Consortium before joining Airbus in Germany in 2002 where she contributed to the A380, A350, A320, and A400M programs.
As she moved into more senior management positions at Airbus, Grazia was Executive Vice President and Head of Engineering of Airbus Defence and Space before becoming Airbus Chief Technology Officer in May of 2018. As such, she is a member of the Airbus Executive Committee, the first woman to be so appointed.
In an interview with Insight Magazine, Vittadini put everything in perspective regarding the company and her role in it. "Airbus is a global leader in aerospace with 130 thousand people on more than 180 sites worldwide. Within this company, encompassing helicopters, airplanes, satellites, launchers, and mend air systems on drones, urban air mobility platforms, I am the Chief Technology Officer, meaning I’m responsible to identify, accelerate, develop and inject into the products future technologies of a very wide range in scope.
She also made it clear that she had to work hard to move up and it was a challenge. "I started at the very bottom of the ladder at Airbus, as design and stress engineer, that was about 20 years ago." She added that she made her way by taking on greater challenges with more managerial roles. "I had a plan originally: I wanted to be Chief Engineer of the new super light aircraft." Like most lessons in life, Vittandini said her path took different routes. "Doors were open to me which I didn’t even know existed and so, step by step, every position I took was a position of growth and that’s how I achieved what I have today, being the first woman at Airbus in 50 years of history to be in the Executive Committee."
She notes that now there’s two women on the Executive Committee so gender parity has increased. On top of her impressive acomplishments, Grazia has her private pilot’s license and graduated in Aeronautical Engineering, specializing in Aerodynamics, from the Politecnico di Milano.
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