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ATR names Leonardo executive as new chief

Turboprop manufacturer ATR has named Stefano Bortoli as its new chief executive, following the departure of Christian Scherer to Airbus.

Bortoli is the president of ATR’s board and also serves as senior vice-president for strategy and marketing of the aircraft division of ATR’s Italian shareholder Leonardo.

ATR says his appointment has “unanimous support” from both Leonardo and Airbus, which co-own the regional manufacturer.

Bortoli’s appointment is effective immediately. ATR says he has a “deep knowledge and understanding” of the airframer, and the “right profile and experience” to develop the company.

Scherer, who had led ATR for less than two years, has been selected to take over as Airbus chief commercial officer.

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