AE Industrial Partners, a private equity firm focused on aerospace, defense and government services, space, power and utility services and industrial markets, has added Chris Emerson as an operating partner.

Emerson brings over 25 years of experience in space, commercial aviation, U.S. defense and rotorcraft. He is the former chairman and CEO of Airbus U.S. Space & Defence Inc., where he developed and executed a strategy to grow Airbus’ U.S. space business. Prior to that, he served as president of Airbus Helicopters Inc. and senior vice president and chief financial officer of Airbus.

“Chris is a proven leader who will be an outstanding addition to our distinguished team of operating partners,” comments David Rowe, managing partner of AEI. “His extensive background and longstanding relationships in aerospace, aviation and defense, including his many years at Airbus, will be instrumental in helping us identify opportunities to create value across our portfolio.”