The board of directors of Air France-KLM, which met on Wednesday, approved the appointment of Franck Terner, the current director of maintenance, to the post of director general of Air France. The information was confirmed in the evening, prior to the presentation, on Thursday, the strategic project “Trust together” – Jean-Marc Janaillac.
Franck Terner, thus, becomes the 17th boss executive of Air France, in replacement of Frédéric Gagey, who became chief financial officer of Air France-KLM. However, unlike its predecessors, Franck Terner will not be CEO of Air France, but simply managing director. The chairman of the board of directors of Air France will be ensured by the CEO of Air France-KLM, Jean-Marc Janaillac. A governance that had already been adopted in 2009 by Jean-Cyril Spinetta and Pierre-Henri Gourgeon. This will enable Jean-Marc Janaillac drive if need in direct negotiations around the implementation of its strategic plan at Air France.
joined Air France in 1988
The name of Franck Terner had already circulated in the past, for the management of Air France. Joined Air France in 1988 as a production engineer on the Concorde, Franck Terner, 56, has spent his entire career in maintenance. Director of the Engineering & Maintenance, Air France-KLM since 2013, he can claim to lead the only division in the group that is both cost-effective and high-growth, and one of the few successful mergers of the activities of Air France and KLM.
the world Number two of the maintenance behind Lufthansa Technik, AFI KLM E&M generates approximately 5 % of the group’s turnover and gaining market share. Married to a hostess, Franck Terner also has a reputation as a leader of men. It has a good international experience, having successfully led several external growth operations, particularly in the United States and does not have the reputation of belonging to such or such a clan within Air France. A neutrality useful for those who wants to start on new bases.
Lionel Guérin, unfortunate candidate
Franck Terner has prevailed in the face of Lionel Guérin , the director-general delegated HOP Air France, who had been a candidate for the presidency of Air France-KLM in 2011, in the face of Alexandre de Juniac and this year, in the face of Jean-Marc Janaillac. Lionel Guerin has successfully piloted the launch of the brand Hop! and the consolidation of regional subsidiaries of Air France. Holder of a licence of drivers, it will benefit from a certain capital of sympathy among the sailors. However, its application has, it seems, once again, met with some opposition, both internal and external. In particular, the director of the Agency of the interests of the State (EPA), Martin Vial, whose companion is none other than Florence Parly, former deputy director general of the activity for short-haul Air France, part of the SNCF after the partial integration of this activity in the regional hub.