Air France Gets New Chairman and CEO

Less than a month after strikes grounded several Air France flights, the Governing Board of Air France has approved the appointment of Alexandre de Juniac as Chairman and CEO of the airline. He took over his new role last week.

Jean-Cyril Spinetta, Chairman and CEO of the Air France-KLM Group, has resigned from his position as Chairman and CEO of Air France, which he held temporarily from October 17 and from his position on the board of directors of Air France.

The airline's traffic was affected by the flight attendants strike during the final three days of October, although the decline in load factor for the month was less than 1 percent.

During his career, Alexandre de Juniac has been Secretary General of Thomson-CSF which became Thales in December 2000; SVP in charge of the Aviation Systems division at Thales; General Manager for Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America at Thales; and Private Secretary to Christine Lagarde, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment.