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Auto Executive To Head Bombardier Aerospace
Auto Executive To Head Bombardier Aerospace

Guy C. Hachey, a veteran of three decades in the automotive industry, was named president and chief operating officer of Bombardier Aerospace Friday, as the Canadian manufacturer announced a series of changes in the top echelon of its aircraft business.

Hachey will assume his new duties May 12. In November, Bombardier´s board of directors approved the appointment of Pierre Beaudoin as president and chief executive. The younger Beaudoin (his father, Laurent Beaudoin, continues as chairman) has headed the Aerospace unit for the past six years. After a brief transition period, Pierre Beaudoin will assume his new duties as president and chief executive of the company and Hachey will take over as president and COO of the Aerospace division.

Hachey began his career with General Motors, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, first in Canada and then in the U.S. After Delphi Automotive Systems spun off from GM in 1999, Hachey joined Delphi as vice president of the new corporation and as president of Delphi Powertrain Systems, a $ 5.5 billion business with 16 product lines, 30 plants and more than 30,000 employees.

The Canadian company also reached out to a Boeing veteran to head a new business unit. Gary R. Scott, who joined Bombardier in 2004 as president of New Commercial Aircraft Program, was named president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft -- which integrates Regional Aircraft and the New Commercial Aircraft Program -- into one new unit.

Scott joined Boeing in 1973. He held several senior executive positions, including vice president and chief operating officer of Boeing Enterprises, and vice president and general manager of the 737/757 programs. Bombardier said Scott´s "skill, knowledge and experience in the commercial aircraft industry will be essential" as the company "continues to develop its new commercial aircraft." The manufacturer said the integration of Regional Aircraft and CSeries teams "will enable Bombardier to present a complete commercial aircraft product offering to its customers."

Steve Ridolfi, who has been serving as president of Bombardier Regional Aircraft, was named president of Bombardier´s Business Aircraft division. The company said Ridolfi´s program management expertise "comes at the right time as Bombardier embarks on the evaluation and development of new products while increasing the capacity and operational performance of existing product lines." Ridolfi will replace Pierre Cote, who accepted a job a chief executive of SFK Pulp, and will leave Bombardier Aerospace July 18. Cote, who joined Bombardier in July 2006, was a private pilot but had no experience in aerospace manufacturing.

Bombardier also announced the appointment of James Hoblyn as president, Bombardier Aircraft Services, which includes after-market services for business and commercial aircraft, including parts, service centers, training; Specialized Aircraft Solutions; and Amphibious Aircraft. He was formerly senior vice president - customer experience. Hoblyn joined the company in 1998 as vice president of strategic planning and business development. He also served as managing director of Bombardier Flexjet Europe (now known as Skyjet International).

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