Nexcelle names new president

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Michel Abella has been promoted from director of programmes to president of Nexcelle, the Cincinnati-based nacelle-manufacturing joint venture between GE Aviation and Safran-owned Aircelle.

He succeeds Huntley Myrie, who has been appointed to an expanded role as manager of nacelle products for GE Aviation, including the US-based group's Middle River Aircraft Systems business.

Among Abella's responsibilities will be overseeing Nexcelle's ramp-up of production and initial hardware delivery of nacelle systems for the CFM International LEAP-1C engine for Comac's C919 airliner.

Prior to becoming director of programmes at Nexcelle, Abella was Airbus A380 nacelle programme director at Aircelle. He has also served stints as operations general manager for CFM56 engines with Safran-owned Snecma in Toulouse, and as Paris-based programme manager for the CFM56-5C powerplants used on Airbus A340s.