Air France-KLM has been hunting for a new boss since the abrupt departure of chief executive Jean-Marc Janaillac in May after staff rejected a pay offer aimed at ending costly strikes.
Asked to comment on the report in Le Monde, an Air France-KLM spokeswoman said: “The appointment process for the new Air France-KLM governance is underway and is continuing. No decision has been made.”
Senior French officials familiar with President Emmanuel Macron‘s thinking have said he is open to considering a non-French national to lead the group for the first time.
The appointment is seen as a test of Macron‘s resolve regarding the state taking a lighter touch on the economy.
Anne-Marie Couderc, the interim chairman of Air France KLM, said in a memorandum last month seen by Reuters that the airline hoped to have a new leadership team up and running by September./reuters.com