(Adds appointment of new CEO at Ducati)
MILAN, April 18 Italian motorcycle maker
Ducati's chief executive, Gabriele del Torchio, has been
recruited to lead struggling Italian airline Alitalia back to
Alitalia said on Thursday Del Torchio, seen as a turnaround
specialist, has been assigned all operational responsibilities.
He will replace Andrea Ragnetti, who quit after only a year
in the job in February after the struggling airline company
posted a 2012 net loss of 280 million euros ($365 million) which
had deepened from 69 million euros in 2011.
Ducati has replaced Del Torchio with Claudio Domenicali, who
has spent 21 years at the motorcycle maker, most recently as its
Ducati was bought by Volkswagen's division Audi
last year. Revenues rose 16 percent to 606 million euros in
Alitalia, which is 25 percent owned by Air France-KLM
, was rescued from bankruptcy in 2008, when it was
bought by a consortium of Italian companies including Intesa
Sanpaolo, road operator Atlantia and IMMSI
, which also controls scooter maker Piaggio.
($1 = 0.7668 euros)
(Reporting by Francesca Landini; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle
and William Hardy)