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Airbus to unveil top finance, operational posts: sources

By Tim Hepher

PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus (PA:AIR) is poised to make top financial and operational appointments as incoming CEO Guillaume Faury tightens his grip after months of turmoil over corruption investigations and output delays, sources familiar with the matter said.

The European planemaker could announce a new German chief financial officer as early as Wednesday to take over from Harald Wilhelm, who announced in May that he would leave next spring at the same time as current chief executive Tom Enders.

It could also name a new operations boss to succeed Tom Williams (NYSE:WMB), the chief operating officer of the main Airbus planemaking business, the sources said.

Airbus declined comment.

Williams, a Glasgow-born veteran troubleshooter and Airbus’s unofficial UK ambassador, had agreed to postpone retirement until the end of the year to help tackle production delays but is likely to be succeeded by a German appointee in what could be seen as a blow to the profile of the company’s UK arm ahead of Brexit.

Programs chief Didier Evrard also delayed his retirement until the end of the year.

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