EADS Chief Executive Louis Gallois recently was asked to reflect on his legacy as he prepares to step down, but the self-effacing aerospace chief took a pass. It is too early, he said, to render a verdict on his impact on the sprawling enterprise he has led since 2007. When Gallois departs on May 31, Airbus CEO Tom Enders will take over the reins of the parent company. In time, he will put his own thumbprint on what amounts to Europe's aerospace champion. In the meantime, it is worth ...

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