Airbus is proposing former Hawaiian Airlines chief Mark Dunkerley and ex-Lufthansa Group finance head Stephan Gemkow to join the airframer’s board of directors.

The manufacturer has previously disclosed that chairman Denis Ranque is stepping down from his post as chairman, after seven years, following the company’s annual general meeting on 16 April.

Ranque will be succeeded by Rene Obermann, an ex-chief of Deutsche Telekom.

Airbus has identified Dunkerley – currently on the board of US budget carrier Spirit Airlines – and Gemkow, a board member of Amadeus, as candidates to serve three-year terms as independent non-executive directors.

Along with Ranque, Hermann-Josef Lamberti, chair of the audit committee, is to leave the board at the close of the April meeting after opting against a renewal of his mandate.

One-third of the 12 directors of Airbus’s board are replaced or re-appointed each year as part of a rolling renewal policy.