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Air France KLM Appoints First Female Vice President and General Manager in the U.S.

July 1, 2009 By: Jena Tesse Fox


Air France KLM has announced the appointment of Ms. Christine Ourmières as the new Vice President and General Manager for Air France KLM in the U.S., the first woman to hold this position. In this position, Ourmières, will be based in the airline’s New York City headquarters where she will succeed Jean Claude Cros who is returning to Paris headquarters to assume the role of Deputy Executive VP International & the Netherlands Air France KLM.

With more than 20 years experience working for Air France, Ourmières has held a variety of key management positions at the airline. She began her career at Air France in 1988 in the Maintenance Department, and then moved to the Information Systems Department until 1992, when she transferred to Amadeus as VP Sales and Marketing for the French Market. From 1998 to 2001 she held the position of VP Air France Global Sales, and then was promoted, in 2002, to the position of VP International Sales. In 2005, Ourmières was named General Manager of Air France KLM, UK and Ireland, a position that she has held to date.

In her new position, Ourmières will be responsible for the airline’s largest division outside France and the Netherlands. Her duties will include overseeing all U.S. operations, including sales, distribution, finance, marketing and communications, quality assurance, as well as airport operations.

Ourmières holds a Master of Aeronautics from the Ecole National Supérieure d’Ingénieurs and an MBA from Essec Business School.

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