Alitalia names Ducati chief Del Torchio as new CEO

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SkyTeam carrier Alitalia has named the head of Italian motorcycle firm Ducati, Gabriele Del Torchio, as its new chief executive.

Del Torchio replaces Andrea Ragnetti, who left the airline in February after just a year in charge. Roberto Colaninno, who took interim charge after Ragnetti's departure, reverts to his role as chairman.

Del Torchio joins the carrier after serving as chief executive of Ducati Motor Holdings since May 2007. He has previously led companies in the construction, utility, automotive and marine sector.

He joins the carrier shortly after its losses deepened to nearly €280 million ($369 million) in 2012.