Jean-Pierre Stainnack joined Airbus in 1987 as a financial analyst. He moved to Airbus North America in 1992 as a Contracts Director covering major US customers of Airbus. He returned to Airbus HQ in late 1996 to head the Contracts team for China, Hong Kong and Australasia. In 2001, he joined the Leasing Markets group as Senior Director – Commercial, running the contracts team and coordinating the activities of leasing companies with Airbus in major campaigns. In 2007 he was promoted to Vice-President Pricing. In 2009, he became Vice President Sales Operations for Africa, Japan, India and South Asia. In 2011, he was promoted to Senior Vice President Commercial Japan where, leading the Airbus Japan sales team, he engineered a major push in the Japanese market, with wins with the LCCs (Peach, Vanilla, Jetstar Japan), Japan Airlines (A350XWB) and ANA (A320/A321NEO and A380). Jean-Pierre holds a MBA from Nicholls State University, a Masters of Economics from the Université des Sciences Sociales in Toulouse and is a graduate of the Toulouse Business School.