Air France-KLM’s board of directors appointed Air Canada COO Ben Smith as its new CEO, the first non-French national to head the group. The Aug. 16 announcement comes after a months-long search to find a successor to former CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac, who resigned in May over a labor conflict with Air France’s workforce that had sparked 15 strike days between February and June and snowballed into a management crisis. Smith will face the major first task of steering the group ...

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