Toulouse - Airbus Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Paul Eremenko leaves the Franco-German aerospace and defense group to join the United Technologies.

He will take up his position on January 1, 2018, as the American company announced on Thursday, November 28. He replaces J. Michael McQuade, who is retiring.

Eremenko will be responsible for the strategic research and development in his new company. Airbus had transferred Paul Eremenko from Google in 2015, who studied Aeronautics and Astronautics at the prestigious University of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Eremenko is known to be a strong supporter of studies on the Artificial Intelligence. He once cited his desire to build a starship piloted by an AI.

Eremenko was named one of the Top-10 Tech Leaders of 2015 in Fortune Magazine.

Who will take over the position of the chief technical officer of the European aircraft manufacturer, is not yet known.

The aircraft manufacturer Airbus had just found a successor to the vacant post of sales director: Eric Schulz, previously head of the Rolls-Royce engine division.