Air France-Klm, the search for the CEO continues
From France came the rejection for Elbers considered too much filo-Klm
The search to find the suitable profile that can replace the resigning CEO of Air France-KLM, Jean-Marc Janaillac, continues. The group formed by the two airlines is currently led by interim president Anne Marie Couderc and it would appear that the nomination committee is looking for a foreign expert in the sector, especially after Philippe Capron's candidacy was rejected by both the Ministry of Transport and French economy both from KLM and Delta.
Among the names that circulate in the last hours is that of Pieter Elbers, current president of the directory of KLM: an important name and that has received the support of Willie Walsh, CEO of the holding company composed by British Airways and Iberia, which controls Aer Lingus and Vueling. "I am surprised that Elbers isn't nominated for Air France-KLM, he's excellent, he did a fantastic job with KLM, he's probably one of the best in this sector and is very respected in the air transport industry", said Walsh. The "problem", however, is represented by the fact that on its name the rift would be internal, given that according to the French Elbers would have always passed the interests of Klm compared to those of the Air France-Klm Group.
A position that is unlikely to bring the current chairman of the directory of Klm to hold an important position such as that of the important French-Dutch group. This week, a general point on the search for the new CEO should arrive during the extraordinary board of directors. In the end, it will probably be neither French nor Dutch.
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