(Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N) on Monday tapped the planemaking head of Brazil’s Embraer (EMBR3.SA) to run its key aircraft engines division on Monday, as the global aviation industry grapples with disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
FILE PHOTO: Embraer’s commercial aviation chief John Slattery (C) talks to Reuters during the International Air Transport Association (IATA) meeting in Cancun, Mexico June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Garcia
Irishman John Slattery, 51, succeeds influential veteran David Joyce, retiring after 40 years with the U.S. conglomerate.
The appointment comes weeks after the collapse of a planned aerospace alliance between Embraer and Boeing Co (BA.N), which Slattery had defended, and marks what one observer referred to as a shift of culture as the industry faces its worst crisis.
GE’s once-high-flying Aviation unit has been hit by the drop in air travel, adding to the toll from hundreds of grounded Boeing 737 MAX jetliners.
GE said last…
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