PARIS–Air France-KLM’s new CEO starts work Sept. 17, ending a four month-period in which the airline group was without a permanent boss after an escalating labor conflict at Air France led to the departure of his predecessor. Benjamin Smith, previously COO and president of Air Canada and the first non-French national to head the Franco-Dutch group, was appointed on Aug. 16 after a long and tense search for a successor to Jean-Marc Janaillac, who resigned in May. Janaillac had ...


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