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Bombardier appoints new Aerospace president and COO and announces key appointments

guy-c-hachey_lrApril 18, 2008, Montreal - Bombardier announced today changes to its Aerospace Group leadership team. Guy C. Hachey is appointed Bombardier Aerospace’s new president and COO, effective May 12, 2008.


April 18, 2008
By Carey Fredericks
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April 18, 2008, Montreal – Bombardier
announced today changes to its Aerospace Group leadership team. Guy C.
Hachey is appointed Bombardier Aerospace’s new President and Chief
Operating Officer, effective May 12, 2008.

A period of transition will
follow until June 4, 2008, when Pierre Beaudoin, the current President
and Chief Operating Officer, will take over the position of President
and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc., as previously announced
on November 28, 2007.

 

“Bombardier
welcomes Guy Hachey as the new head of its Aerospace Group,” said
Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier
Aerospace. “Guy’s
proven leadership skills and impressive track record internationally in
the very competitive automotive industry – combined with our leaders’
significant aerospace expertise – will translate into great benefit for
our company.”

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Bombardier
also announced the appointment of three of its senior leaders to new
positions. Each appointment is effective immediately:

 

  • Gary
    R. Scott, currently President, New Commercial Aircraft Program and
    Aircraft Services is appointed President, Bombardier Commercial
    Aircraft, integrating two business units – Regional Aircraft and the New Commercial Aircraft Program –
    into one new unit. Mr. Scott’s skill, knowledge and experience in the
    commercial aircraft industry will be essential as Bombardier continues
    to develop its new commercial aircraft. The integration of the Regional
    Aircraft and CSeries teams will enable Bombardier to present a complete commercial aircraft product offering to its customers.

  • Steve
    Ridolfi, currently President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft is appointed
    President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. His 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. His
    extensive market and strategic experience within the aerospace industry
    will benefit Business Aircraft customers. He will replace Pierre
    Gabriel Côté who has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of SFK Pulp
    and will leave Bombardier Aerospace on July 18, 2008.

 

  • James
    Hoblyn, currently Senior Vice-President, Customer Experience,
    Bombardier Business Aircraft is appointed President, Bombardier
    Aircraft Services, which includes the Amazing Customer Experience
    initiative for Aerospace as a whole; after-market services for Business
    and Commercial Aircraft (Parts, Service Centres, Training); Specialized
    Aircraft Solutions; and Amphibious Aircraft. A former Managing Director
    of Flexjet Europe (now known as Skyjet International), his focus in
    recent roles has been to improve customer satisfaction and loyalty,
    making him the perfect candidate for this position.

 

“I
am proud to join one of the world’s foremost aircraft manufacturers and
leading Canadian aerospace companies,” stated Guy C. Hachey. “I look
very much forward to working with my new colleagues to ensure the
continued long-term success of Bombardier Aerospace.”

 

“I
take this opportunity to sincerely thank Pierre Gabriel Côté for his
contributions to our Business Aircraft unit and wish him success as he
takes on the Chief Executive Officer responsibilities of another public
company,” concluded Mr. Beaudoin.

 

 

Short biographies of new appointees

Guy C. Hachey
started his career 30 years ago in the automotive industry with General
Motors (GM) where he held positions of increasing authority and
complexity, first in Canada, then in the United States. In 1999, Delphi
Automotive Systems spun off from GM and he joined the Delphi
Corporation as President of its Chassis Systems Division. Before
joining Bombardier, he held the combined positions of Vice-President,
Delphi Corporation; President, Delphi Powertrain Systems – a $5.5
billion business with 16 product lines, 30 plants and over 30,000
employees; as well as President, Delphi Europe, Middle East and Africa.
He was also Executive Champion for Delphi Corporation’s global
manufacturing operations. In the latter capacity, he was responsible
for the implementation of lean enterprise processes and common systems
across more than 150 plants worldwide, for all Delphi products. Mr.
Hachey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (B.Comm.) from McGill
University, Montreal, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration
(MBA) from Concordia University, Montreal. He also completed the Tuck
Executive Development Program at Dartmouth (New Hampshire).

Gary R. Scott
is a senior aerospace executive with more than 35 years experience in
the industry. Prior to joining Bombardier Aerospace in 2004 as
President, New Commercial Aircraft Program, Mr. Scott was Group
President, Civil Simulation and Training at CAE, Inc. He began his
career with The Boeing Company in 1973, where he held several senior
executive positions including Vice-President and Chief Operating
Officer, Boeing Enterprises; and Vice-President and General Manager for
the 737/757 programs. Mr. Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in
Business Administration at the University of Washington, his Master’s
degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Seattle University, and he
has completed the Executive Development Program, University of
Illinois, as well as the Harvard Business School Advanced Management
Program.

Steve Ridolfi
has served as President of Bombardier Regional Aircraft since September
1999. Mr. Ridolfi has had a distinguished career with the organization,
dating from 1982, when he joined de Havilland Inc. as a structural
dynamics engineer. He progressed through airline analysis, marketing,
product planning, program management and customer support to become,
consecutively, Vice-President of Marketing and Product Planning; and
Vice-President and General Manager Marketing and Operations; prior to
his appointment as President, Regional Aircraft. He holds a Bachelor of
Science (Hons) (B.Sc.) in Engineering Physics from Queen's University
and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard
University.

James Hoblyn
was appointed Senior Vice-President, Customer Experience at Bombardier
Business Aircraft in October 2006. He joined Bombardier in 1998 as
Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Business Development and
subsequently held senior positions within the Regional Aircraft and
Business Aircraft business units related to marketing, program
management, contracts, and product planning and strategy from 2000 to
2006. He was also Managing Director of Bombardier Flexjet Europe (now
known as Skyjet International). He graduated from the University of
Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering
and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the
London Business School.