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Dr. Valerie Manning

Senior Vice President, Customer Support, Airbus

Valerie Manning holds the role of Airbus’ SVP of Customer Support, based in Toulouse, France. In this role she is responsible for the in-service relationship with airline, lessor, and MRO customers worldwide regarding in-service aircraft fleets for operational, technical, safety, regulatory, and commercial topics. She also leads the sales, marketing, consulting and contracts for the Airbus Services business, as well as the Customer Services geographic regional footprint. 

Previously, Dr. Manning was VP and head of the Airbus Upgrade Services line of business, performing optional modifications on the in-service Airbus fleet. She also held roles in the CTO office and in Mergers & Acquisitions. Dr. Manning has held roles as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and also consulted privately in multidisciplinary optimization and supersonic aircraft design.

An active instrument-rated pilot, Dr. Manning graduated from Princeton University with a B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford. Dr. Manning has served a full career as an officer in the United States Air Force, both in active duty and in the reserves.