Klaus Richter is currently working as an independent, senior advisor in Aviation and Automotive Industry. Until 2019 he was Airbus’ Chief Procurement Officer and Managing Director of Airbus Operations GmbH Germany and a member of the Airbus Executive Committee. He also served as President of the German Aerospace Industry Association (BDLI) from 2017 to 2019.
Before joining Airbus in 2007, Klaus Richter headed BMW Purchasing of all procured direct equipment and materials for the automotive business.
He began his professional career in 1993 as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in the automotive, aerospace, electric power, and automation industry, with a focus on development and operations.
Klaus Richter graduated from the Technical University of Munich where he obtained a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1991. After graduation, he received a Humboldt scholarship and spent two years as a researcher and teacher at the University of California at Berkeley.
Born in Munich in 1964, Klaus Richter is married with two children.