Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 23 Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3596 times:
Air France chairman Cyril Spinetta -aged 64- will soon be leaving his current position and be replaced by the current Directeur Géneral, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon.
Spinetta will be heading the board of the Air France/KLM Holding .
The precise date for the change has not been revealed ,but news hitting the wires in France suggest it would be rather soon.
Spinetta headed Air France for 11 years and it was under his management that the company rose to it's current leadership-level in international air-transport.
He's a great man and France can be proud to have people like him taking entrepreneurial responsibilities !
Knoxibus From France, joined Aug 2007, 260 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3551 times:
Quoting Beaucaire (Thread starter): and it was under his management that the company rose to it's current leadership-level in international air-transport.
While I agree that he has been a tremendous CEO for the Groupe Air France, it was Christian Blanc who managed to save the company and turn it around with solid bases to start from the ground up and rising.
I hope that the next CEO will be as successful as Spinetta in increasing Air France/KLM's stronghold in Europe and worldwide.
I am for one glad that he finally ditched Alitalia's recovery plan. And it is true that under his management, Air France employees seem to have gained in working conditions/salaries as I believe that never we have seen so few strikes from the Air France crews, this deserves huge credits alone
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
Panamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5106 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3499 times:
Quoting Knoxibus (Reply 2): it was Christian Blanc who managed to save the company and turn it around with solid bases to start from the ground up and rising
I was just going to say the same thing...credit for the initial turnaround really should go to Christian Blanc who really kick-started the recovery effort after the final government bailout back in the mid-90s. Of course Spinetta has done a fantastic job since then as well...
FlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7477 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3453 times:
Christian Blanc is (and has always been) an arrogant assh*le who would kill his own mother to make the medias talk about him. His attempt in a "political" career is nothing but pathetic. Nobody regrets him at AF while everybody will miss Jean Cyril Spinetta who is a real great person.
There is nothing official yet on his replacement by Gourgeon. This is only media speculation for the moment, as Gourgeon is far from making unanimity among AF Directors & shareholders.