PARIS (Reuters) - French water and waste group Veolia Chief Financial Officer Philippe Capron is among the favourites to become the new chief executive officer of Air France-KLM, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday.
Confirming a report in financial daily Les Echos, the source said Capron, 60, seemed well placed to take the helm at Air France.
“The process has been under way for a while ... he is a natural for the CEO job, he is a very operations-minded financier ... a dealmaker,” the source said.
Les Echos reported that the airline’s nominations committee had proposed Capron’s candidacy to the board. Air France declined comment.
Air France-KLM’s former chief executive Jean-Marc Janaillac resigned last month after staff voted rejected a new pay offer.
Reporting by Gilles Guillaume; Editing Geert De Clercq and Richard Lough