Bombardier appoints auto executive to lead commercial aircraft division

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Bombardier has announced that Michele "Mike" Arcamone, an automotive executive and Canadian native, will become the new president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft on 1 February.

Arcamone resigned earlier today as vice-president and general manager of General Motors Daewoo, a South Korea-based subsidiary of the automotive giant. Arcamone had worked for GM for 32 years, and was previously vice-president of GM Powertrain Europe.

"While I am new to the aerospace industry, I am joining a strong and knowledgeable leadership team," Arcamone said in a written statement.

In his new post, Arcamone will be responsible for leading the CSeries family of small airliners in a pivotal year. The first CS110 is scheduled to enter final assembly and achieve first flight by the end of 2012.

Arcamone's portfolio also includes leading the Q400 turboprop and the CRJ regional jet products, both of which have seen their backlogs erode over the last year.

"I look forward to putting my knowledge and experience to work and delivering on our commitments to our stakeholders," Arcamone said.

Bombardier announced the appointment more than three months after the retirement of his predecessor, Gary Scott.

Arcamone will report to Guy Hachey, who, as president and chief operating officer of Bombardier Aerospace, manages commercial aircraft, special mission aircraft and business jets.