Airbus Helicopters names Emerson new president, CEO

Chris Emerson has been named as president and chief executive officer of Grand Prairie-based Airbus Helicopters Inc. effective June 1, Airbus Group announced Friday morning.

Emerson is a veteran Airbus executive and also will serve as the head of Airbus Helicopters North America Region and will oversee both the U.S. subsidiary and Airbus Helicopters Canada.

Emerson replaces Marc Paganini, who has taken a new assignment with Airbus Group as head of Special Projects, the company said in a press release.