Benjamin Smith will assume his new position as Air France-KLM’s new CEO Sept. 17, bringing to a close a four month-period in which the airline group was without a permanent boss after the escalation of a labor conflict led to the departure of his predecessor Jean-Marc Janaillac. Smith, previously Air Canada COO and president-airlines, and the first non-French national to head the Franco-Dutch group, was appointed Aug. 16, after a long drawn-out and tense search for a successor to ...

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