Nico Buchholz joined Bombardier on August 31, 2015 as Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer in Montréal.
In this position, Mr. Buchholz has overall responsibility for procurement across Bombardier’s four business segments, namely Commercial Aircraft, Business Aircraft, Aerostructures and Engineering Services, and Transportation. His functions include leading the Corporation’s supply chain activities, managing relations with suppliers globally, and ensuring that goods and services purchased by Bombardier meet the highest standards in terms of quality, on-time delivery and cost-efficiency. He is also responsible for developing a company-wide approach, structure and clear actionable plans to support the Corporation’s competitiveness.
Prior to joining Bombardier, Nico Buchholz was Executive Vice President, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management for nearly 15 years in Frankfurt. Aside from fleet strategy and aircraft evaluation for a fleet of approximately 700 aircraft, his role encompassed aircraft procurement and marketing for Lufthansa as a whole. His team was instrumental in the development of various aircraft from major OEMs, including the all-new Bombardier C Series airliner.
From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Buchholz worked at Rolls-Royce in Berlin, where he was responsible for marketing and sales contracts, customer service and communications of German products to worldwide customers in the military, airline and private sectors.
Earlier in his career, he worked in global product marketing at Airbus Industrie in Toulouse, in the department for technical and commercial aircraft evaluation, and subsequently in marketing. Latterly, he was in charge of aircraft sales for Germany, Finland and Sweden as well as coordination with the Star Alliance.
Born in Hamburg, Nico Buchholz enrolled at the Berlin Technical University in 1982 to study Aeronautical Engineering, with a focus on Flight Operations, Aircraft Design and Air Traffic. He then completed his education with a master’s degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University, United Kingdom, in 1989, and further training at Columbia University.